Sonoma County Claret 2018

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Claret 2018

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: America / California / Sonoma County
Grapes: 50% Merlot, 31% Malbec, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon

The grapes that go into this Sonoma County Claret are from Certified Sustainable Estate Vineyards and top growers in Sonoma County, a prime region for nurturing Bordeaux varieties such as Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. These grapes thrive in temperate Sonoma weather and rocky soils, each contributing 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, 10% new. The wines are aged 16 months in barrel before final blending and bottling.

Best Bordeaux Blend

San Francisco International Wine Competition

2017 vintage
89 Points

Wine Spectator

2014 vintage
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harvest note

A fairly mild spring and summer with few heat spikes allowed the 2018 harvest to begin right after Labor Day, later than previous years. The consistent growing season and cooler temperatures allowed for slow ripening and deep flavor development resulting in exceptional quality fruit with remarkable balance and brightness.

tasting note

Using only classic Bordeaux varietals for our own version of a British-inspired Claret, an elegant, medium-bodied red blend. Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon contribute generous aromas and deep notes of plum, dried cranberry and cherry compote with hints of fennel and clove. The palate opens up with bright notes of cassis, along with date and plum, and then reveals mouth-watering acidity for an enticing finish.

technical data

GRAPES: 50% Merlot, 31% Malbec, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 16 Months, French oak barrels, 10% new

points of distinction

  • Made from our Certified Sustainable Estate Vineyards & top growers in Sonoma County
  • Gently de-stemmed before cold-soaking for two days to extract optimal color & flavor
  • Fruit is fermented in separate lots before being aged in French oak barrels, 10% new
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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.”

– Chris Louton, Winemaker

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