2017 Reserve Claret

Lovely fruit notes of plum, black cherry, boysenberry and mulberry meld with hazelnut, cocoa, bergamot and bramble to create an enthralling range of flavor. The mouth is densely packed with flavor, coating every surface and lingering pleasantly after each sip.

Our Reserve Claret showcases merlot at its best. Our Lower Mountain Top block, which always produces a stunningly extracted merlot, forms the foundation of this wine, to which our most intensely structured cabernet lots are blended to add the weight and heft that give this wine it's opulent texture and ageability. The blend was assembled in summer of 2018 and was then allowed another eighteen months in barrel to marry prior to bottling in December 2019.

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Appellation: Sonoma/Napa
Vintage: 2017
Harvest: October 2017
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 54% Merlot
45% Cabernet Sauvignon
1% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 14.5%
Bottling: December 2019
Production: 558 cases
Release Date: March 2020
Release Price: $155.00

Reviews

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  • Antonio Galloni Vinous : January 2021 - Rating: 94

    The 2017 Reserve Claret is very pretty, if a touch understated, in this edition. Rose petal, cedar, mint, tobacco and sweet red berry fruit all lift from the glass. The 2017 offers lovely energy and brightness, but it is also a bit light in structure, as many wines are in this vintage. Even so, all the elements are so nicely balanced. Bright floral and spice notes linger nicely on the finish.

  • Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: Issue 251 End of October 2020, The Wine Advocate - Rating: 93

    Composed of 54% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Claret Reserve comes from 66% Sonoma County and 34% Napa County. Medium garnet-purple colored, it rolls effortlessly out of the glass with provocative plum preserves, baked black cherries and blackberry compote notes plus hints of spice cake, Christmas pudding and Chinese five spice with a touch of licorice. The medium to full-bodied palate is oh-so-soft and plush, coating the mouth with spicy black fruit preserves, finishing long with a peppery kick. 

  • Jeb Dunnuck: Napa Valley's 2018s - Rating: 93

    The 2017 Reserve Claret is another beautiful wine, especially in the vintage. Loads of
    ripe red plum, blackcurrants, toasted spice, dried herbs, chocolate, and loamy earth
    emerge from the glass and it's medium to full-bodied, has building tannins, and a
    great finish. As with the Reserve Cabernet, it has plenty of up-front charm as well as
    the balance and depth to evolve for 15-20 years.

  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: April 2021 - Rating: 91

    Decidedly claret-like in its construction and its slightly nascent complexity, Pride’s aptly named marriage of Bordeaux varieties is a deep and fine-tuned offering that speaks clearly of careful crafting. While neither awash in unruly tannins nor so closed in as to be at all stinting in fruity richness and, in fact, already revealing fine integration and winemaking polish, it is nonetheless a wine to wait on rather than one to be rushed to the table, and its stamina and structure ensure that it will age wonderfully for a decade, if not more.