2005 Claret, Napa Valley

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 08

Rating

89

Review

Inky ruby. Finely etched cassis, blackberry, cherry and tobacco aromas are complicated by dried rose and white pepper. Bright red and dark berry flavors are crisp and unadorned (this saw no new barrels), with gentle tannins adding grip to the finish. Ramey told me that this is made from his cabernet press wines and that it's "for roast chicken, not steak."

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 1, 2007

Rating

88

Review

Fashioned from lots culled out from all of David Ramey's Cabernet projects, the 2005 Claret is a stylish, delicious red that is meant to be consumed during its first 7-8 years of life. It offers up aromas of cherries, underbrush, black currants, and cedar. Evolved and medium-bodied with a silky finish, it will drink well for 5-7 years.

Publication

Ronn Wiegand's Restaurant Wine

Author

Ronn Wiegand

Date

March/April 2008

Rating

Three+ Stars

Review

A supple, well balanced blend, that is full bodied, velvety in texture, and long on the finish, tasting of cherry, toast, roasted nut, pepper, and spicy oak. 54% CS, 25% ME, 12% CF, 7% SY, 1% MB, 1% PV. 6,100 cases [2009-2011]