Sonoma County Claret 2012

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Claret 2012

Region: America / California / 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.

Gold Medal

Sonoma County Harvest Fair

2012 vintage
89 Points

Wine Spectator

2012 vintage
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harvest note

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.

tasting note

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.

food pairing

An excellent companion to roast beef, boeuf bourguignon, grilled or roasted lamb, aged Cheddar and blue cheese.

technical data

GRAPES: 46% Merlot, 33% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
PH: 3.75
ACIDITY: 0.56 g/L
ABV: 14.4%
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
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“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.”

– Katie Madigan, Winemaker

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