Vinous Ramey Wine Cellars, 2014 Ramey Claret Napa Valley
"The 2014 Claret is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next few years. Dark red cherry, tobacco, licorice, menthol and saddle leather give the wine much of its savory, aromatic personality. This is an impeccably balanced, entry-level red from David Ramey." –Mar-17
63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 3% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.
2014 Claret follows the Bordelaise model of blending different Bordeaux varietals. Malolactic fermentation is completed in barrel, and the blend is assembled early so it is “elevated” as the finished wine. The wine rested on its lees twelve months in French & American oak barrels, only 7% new, with monthly bâtonnage to coat the tannins, producing a luscious, cushioned mouthfeel. This wine was lightly fined with egg whites and bottled without filtration in January 2016.