2011 ClaretThe scale of our vineyard program and the sophistication of our facility enable us to produce this blend at a more accessible volume while maintaining nuanced control and attention to craft. As a Bordeaux style, Claret goes back to the very roots of blending wine, and putting it together is a patient, meticulous, multi-week process. When we’re crafting the aromatics and the taste of the Claret, we’re looking to create a wine that is elegant, understandable and enjoyable for any consumer anywhere in the world.
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"Bright and spicy, bristling with fine tannins around a zippy core of cherry, raspberry and clove flavors. A tobacco note adds interest to the finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2016 through 2019. 1,522 cases made."
90 points - Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator
Additional Information about this vintage
Vineyard Philosophy Our decision-making process for every vintage starts in the fields. We’ve cultivated a great vineyard program with sites chosen for their unique characteristics and their consistency. These are growers that we have eight, nine, ten-year relationships with, and we source from all across Washington state—Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley, Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Royal Slope, Wahluke Slope. This diversity enables us to be incredibly choosy about what goes into our blends and to produce a wine that is remarkably consistent in its presentation.
The Vintage A late-November 2010 freeze damaged vines across the state, particularly in the Walla Walla AVA. A cooler summer led to a late harvest. Despite cooler temperatures, we were still able to make rich, full wines.
Food Pairings Steak, Lamb, Venison, Pasta, Shepherds Pie, Salmon, Tuna, Cheese, Dark Chocolate. Big fruit balanced with great tannins and acidity make the Claret is a wonderful and versatile food wine. It pairs well with steak, lamb and gamier meats like venison. It loves a pasta, a shepherd’s pie or a hearty stew. It’s a great compliment to chicken, duck, and even rich fish like salmon or tuna. It’s great for a group that includes aficionados and novice wine drinkers, or a dinner party with friends who you don’t need to impress but want to anyway. It’s the perfect thing to reach for on a Friday night out or on a Tuesday, when you really just feel like crackers and good cheese for dinner and a little dark chocolate for dessert.
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