Sonoma County Claret 2013

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Claret 2013

Region: America / California / Sonoma County
Grapes: 45% Merlot, 31% Malbec, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot

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 fermented in separate lots before going into French oak barrels, where the wine undergoes natural malolactic fermentation, followed by 16 months of aging in French oak barrels, 20% new, before final blending.

89 Points

Wine Spectator

2013 vintage
90 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2013 vintage
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harvest note

High quality, outstanding fruit characteristics and generous yields describe the 2013 harvest. Harvest started slightly earlier than previous years after an ideal growing season that provided optimum temperatures for grapes to ripen. We had a wealth of sunshine and consistently warm days and cool nights, allowing the fruit ample time to develop full, rich flavors with great color and balance.

tasting note

Claret is the British-inspired name for an elegant red blend of classic Bordeaux varietals, in this case Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. This bold blend has rich aromas of cranberry, cherry vanilla and currants merging with flavors of dark red berries 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: 45% Merlot, 31% Malbec, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
ABV: 14.6%
AGING: Aged for 16 months in 100% 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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