2003 Claret, Napa Valley

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 1, 2005

Rating

88

Review

Ramey's Claret is essentially a blend of leftovers culled out from his two or three top cuvées of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a bistro-styled wine meant for easy and early drinking. The 2003 Claret offers aromas and flavors of smoke, herbs, cedar, red and black currants, and spice. Drink it over the next couple of years.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

May /June 2005

Rating

89-91

Review

Deep red-ruby. Black fruits and menthol on the nose. Sweet, lush and oaky, with very broad flavors of blueberry, violet and tar. Today this comes across as a bit more minerally and long than the 2002, and finishes with broader tannins.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

May /June 2006

Rating

88

Review

(A blend of 55% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot, 16% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot) Good red-ruby. Cherry syrup, menthol and cedar on the nose. Supple and chocolatey in the mouth, with light tarry and porty elements. Finishes with mouthdusting tannins.