2014 Claret, Napa Valley

Publication

Bloomberg

Author

Elin McCoy

Date

April 2017

Rating

The Best 15 Cabernets Under $50

Review

Great Wine Made Easy: The Best 15 Cabernets Under $50 | Bloomberg | Elin McCoy | April 21, 2017 Winemaker Dave Ramey has always been a source of top (and expensive) chardonnays, but this cabernet-based blend is one of his most interesting wines in this classic vintage. Soft and easy-drinking, with just the right dollop of oak aging, it’s ready to drink right now. To read the full article, click here.

Publication

2014

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

March 2017

Rating

90

Review

The 2014 Claret is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next few years. Dark red cherry, tobacco, licorice, menthol and saddle leather give the wine much of its savory, aromatic personality. This is an impeccably balanced, entry-level red from David Ramey.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

Date

March 2017

Rating

89

Review

A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 3% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2014 Claret is a little mute at this youthful stage, offering blackberry and black cherry notes with touches of cedar and spice box. Soft, ripe and with plenty of juicy fruit in the mouth, it has a velvety texture and good length.

Publication

Wine Enthusiast

Author

Virginie Boone

Date

March 2017

Rating

91, Editors' Choice

Review

This is one of the producer's deepest value propositions, a well-made, robustly approachable and accessible wine made from 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 3% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Soft and firmly integrated, it's perfumed and floral, with layers of dark cherry and tobacco that evolve with grace in the glass.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

July 2016

Rating

90

Review

Pure, clean and graceful, very rich and well-structured, with a deep, layered core of currant, blackberry, mocha and underbrush, ending with a long, lingering aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2027.