2012 Claret, Napa Valley

Publication

Wine Enthusiast

Author

Virginie Boone

Date

July 2015

Rating

91

Review

An excellent value given the quality of all the individual components, this wine blends 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with 24% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 2% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, giving it a unique California edge. Black tea and plum rise most prominently to the front of the bouquet, holding on to a softened, floral bouquet with slight Syrah-like violet.

Publication

Ronn Wiegand's Restaurant Wine

Author

Ronn Wiegand

Date

April 2015

Rating

4 stars

Review

Excellent Cab blend: fleshy in texture, complex in flavor, and full bodied; an appealing, balanced wine with a long finish, tasting of black currant, cherry, cassis, herbs, toast, and spicy oak. Fine value. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 2% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Aged 12 months in French and American oak barrels, 12% new. 14.5%

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

February 2015

Rating

89

Review

The 2012 Claret is a fabulous wine for the money. Bright red fruit, iron, smoke, spices and dried flowers lift from the glass in a vibrant, perfumed Cabernet Sauvignon-based red long on personality. Expressive floral and spice notes add lift on the finish. The style is a bit lighter than is typically found in the Ramey Cabernets, which also contributes to the wine's early accessibility.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert M. Parker Jr.

Date

December 2014

Rating

88

Review

Ramey has always done a good job with Cabernet Sauvignon. He produces 6,000 cases of his Claret, a lighter-styled, immediately drinkable red wine. The 2012 Claret is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and the rest Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Its dark ruby hue is accompanied by notes of cedarwood, roasted herbs, and red and blackcurrants in a flavorful, medium-bodied, elegant, surprisingly Bordeaux-like style. This supple red is ideal for drinking now and over the next 7-8 years.

Publication

KensWineGuide.com

Date

October 31, 2014

Rating

91

Review

This dark ruby colored red blend from Napa opens with a red currant and strawberry licorice like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a unique cedar and red currant blend with hints plum and cherry-cola towards the end. The finish is dry and its mild tannins and fruit flavors drift away nicely. This wine would pair well meat lasagna. Enjoy - Ken 

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