2021 Reserve Claret

Much of the elegance of our 2021 Reserve Claret is due to the balanced tension between our most intensely flavored merlot and the intriguing depth lent by our Rock Arch clone of cabernet. The merlot brings enticing aromas of violet, mulberry, and sage, while not to be outdone, the cabernet adds pretty notes of dark chocolate, sweet tobacco and Earl Grey tea. On the first sip, the merlot makes itself known with its bright freshness before relenting in the midpalate to rich and velvety tannins from the cabernet. Our Clarets are consistently some of the most delightful wines we make, both at release and with bottle age.

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Appellation: 52% Sonoma County / 48% Napa County
Vintage: 2021
Harvest: October 2021
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 66% Merlot
25% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Petit Verdot
3% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14.4%
Bottling: August 2023
Production: 497 cases
Release Date: March 2024
Release Price: $165.00


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  • Wine Enthusiast: 7/1/2024 - Rating: 94

    Milk chocolate, mint and maraschino cherry aromas mingle on the nose of this deep, dark and brooding blend of Bordeaux varities from both Sonoma County and Napa Valley. Give this some to soften and it will be a showstopper with hearty stews or lamb chops. —T.R.C. Published 7/1/2024


  • Robert Parker Wine Advocate: Jul 03, 2024 - Rating: 95+

    The 2021 Claret Reserve is 66% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Dusty and herbal up front but imbued with deep black cherry fruit, this medium to full-bodied wine is creamy-ripe in texture, dense and concentrated, with a long, lush finish. It's a strong step up in quality from the Merlot and the Merlot Vintner's Select.

     Reviewed by:

    Joe Czerwinski