2016 Claret, Napa Valley


Bigger Than Your Head


Fredric Koeppel


January 29, 2019


Excellent | Wine of the Day


Wine of the Day, No. 464...The Ramey Claret 2016 aged 12 months in French and American oak, a scant 13 percent new barrels, and is all the better for such judicious treatment. The color is dark ruby-purple shading to a transparent rim; it’s a ferrous and sanguinary red wine, whose black currant and raspberry scents and flavors are influenced by a ripe, spicy nature and deep permutations of iodine, iron, graphite and a fleshy, meaty character. Foresty tannins feel finely sifted into a firm texture that flows with lithe suppleness on the palate, abetted by the dynamics of lip-smacking acidity. 14.5 percent alcohol. Very drinkable yet a serious effort. I hear this one crying out for standing rib roast, braised short ribs, a medium-rare ribeye steak, hot and crusty from the grill. Now through 2022 or ’24. Excellent. (Click here to read the complete review.)


2016 Claret, Napa Valley