Sonoma County Claret 2012
/ Sonoma County
Grapes: 46% Merlot, 33% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon
The grapes that go into Sonoma County Claret are from Estate Vineyards and top growers in Sonoma Valley, a prime region for nurturing Bordeaux varietals such as Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The different varietals contribute distinctive and individual qualities to the final blend.
All grapes are gently de-stemmed and crushed before cold-soaking for three days to extract optimal color and flavor. The fruit is then inoculated with many different yeast strains to build complexity, then fermented in separate lots using a combination of pump overs and delestage to soften tannins. The wine is then pumped into French oak barrels, where it undergoes natural malolactic fermentation followed by 16 months of aging before blending.
Sonoma County Harvest Fair2012 vintage
Wine Spectator2012 vintage
With ideal weather and an abundance of exceptional fruit, it’s no secret the 2012 harvest was outstanding. Warm, moderate temperatures throughout the growing season allowed the fruit to reach the perfect state of ripeness without sacrificing balance and intensity. With no heat spikes, cold weather or rain, the fruit ripened evenly and developed great color and concentrations, producing wines with rich flavors and excellent structure.
Claret is the British-inspired name for a red wine made using the classic Bordeaux varietals, especially Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This bold blend has showy aromas of cranberry, cherry vanilla and currants merging with flavors of raspberry pie and warm baking spices. It’s smooth yet structured with a lengthy finish.
An excellent companion to roast beef, boeuf bourguignon, grilled or roasted lamb, aged Cheddar and blue cheese.
GRAPES: 46% Merlot, 33% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
ACIDITY: 0.56 g/L
AGING: Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels
points of distinction
- A classic claret (Bordeaux) blend of up to five different grapes.
- Matured for 16 months in French oak barrels for a complex flavor
vineyard details +
Sonoma County extends over 60,000 acres of vineyards and includes 15 unique AVAs, including Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Bennett Valley, Carneros, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Valley, Green Valley, Knights Valley, Rockpile and Russian River Valley. More than 50 grape varieties are planted in vineyards owned by over 750 growers and 260 wineries. Maritime-influenced conditions make this area notably cooler than Napa, further inland, and a multitude of beneficial soil types make Sonoma County a prime area for high quality wine growing.
about the grape +
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
Merlot makes plump, succulent wines to drink young or opulently massive wines for aging. Has silky, blackberry and currant fruit, with spice, earth, tobacco and chocolate notes, and soft tannins.
– Katie Madigan, Winemaker
“Select grapes grown on Sonoma's finest vineyards, tended for intensity of flavor and aroma, handpicked and sorted to ensure that only the best are fermented and aged in French oak, will yield a wine of both richness and balance.”
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