2006 Claret, Napa Valley

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

November 15, 2009

Rating

91

Review

Top Value. Offers aromas of ripe plum and berry, with spice and sage. Though firm and full-bodied, this reveals a sense of elegance and finesse, ending with integrated tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2010 through 2016.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 09

Rating

90

Review

Ruby-red. Spicy red- and blackcurrant aromas are complemented by cocoa and smoky minerals. Medium-weight red fruit flavors show good concentration, with velvety tannins framing the wine. The spicy note repeats on the suave, seamless finish. Ramey calls this his roasted chicken wine.

Publication

Ronn Wiegand's Restaurant Wine

Author

Ronn Wiegand

Date

Jan/Feb 2010

Rating

Four Star

Review

Top Value. The Claret is luscious and ripe in style; a full bodied wine with medium richness, good balance, and a long finish, tasting of blackberry, caramel, toast, spicy oak, and berry jam.