Sonoma County Claret 2014

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Claret 2014

Region: America / California / Sonoma County
Grapes: 50% Merlot, 30% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

The grapes that go into our Sonoma County Claret are from our Certified Sustainable Estate Vineyards and top growers in Sonoma County, a prime region for nurturing Bordeaux varietals such as Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The different varieties thrive in our temperate Sonoma weather and contribute distinctive and individual qualities to the final blend.

All grapes are gently de-stemmed before cold-soaking for two days to extract optimal color and flavor. The fruit is fermented in separate lots, allowing each lot to be individually and distinctly crafted before being aged in French oak barrels, 20% new. The wines are kept 16 months in barrel before final blending and bottling.

89 Points

Wine Spectator

2014 vintage
90 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2014 vintage
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harvest note

Warm sunny days throughout the spring and summer months set the stage for a spectacular harvest in September 2014. The lack of rain meant that harvest began a little earlier than normal and was short in length, finishing up by the end of October. The temperate days leading up to harvest produced good yields of high quality fruit with concentrated flavors, complex aromatics and excellent structure.

tasting note

Claret is the British-inspired name for an elegant red blend of classic Bordeaux varietals, in this case Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. This blend is juicy and expressive with layered aromas of cranberry, cherry cola and currants merging with vibrant flavors of dark red berries and spices. The creamy entry finishes smooth yet structured.

food pairing

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

technical data

GRAPES: 50% Merlot, 30% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
ABV: 14.8%
AGING: 16 Months, 100% French Oak

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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Sonoma wines express themselves differently than wines from Napa. They have their own unique brightness and great intensity

– Chris Louton, Winemaker

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