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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  • Jeb Dunnuck: Napa Valley’s 2021s and 2022s – Part 1 - Rating: 95

    As with many wines here, the 2021 Reserve Claret comes from almost equal parts Sonoma and Napa Valley. A bend of 79% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, it has a semi-opaque ruby/plum hue as well as a beautiful, Pomerol-like vibe in its ripe black cherries, currants, leafy herbs, chocolate, and damp earth. With medium-bodied richness, a round, layered mouthfeel, and beautiful tannins, this classy Merlot benefits from air (and will probably be even better in 2-3 years) and has 15 years of prime drinking ahead of it.

    • TASTING DATE
      12/26/2023
    • MATURITY
      2025 - 2040
    • REVIEWED BY
      Jeb Dunnuck