Sonoma County Claret 2013
/ 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.
Wine Spectator2013 vintage
Wine Enthusiast2013 vintage
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.
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.
An excellent companion to roast beef, boeuf bourguignon, grilled or roasted lamb, aged Cheddar and blue cheese.
GRAPES: 45% Merlot, 31% Malbec, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
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
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 +
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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