The North Coast Claret is a Bordeaux blend with fruit carefully selected from the North Coast AVA sites: Napa Valley, High Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, and Sonoma County. After harvesting from the select sites, malolactic fermentation is completed in barrel, and the blend is assembled early so it is “elevated” as the finished wine. The wine then ages on its lees for twelve months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, of which 24% is new, with monthly bâtonnage. The end result is lightly fined with egg whites and bottled without filtration.
Aromatically the wine has notes of sweet, chocolate cherry cake with dried mint and fine loose tobacco. On the palate, the wine is fruit-forward with matching cherry flavors as well as a hint of brambly blackberries, and fresh finish.
“This Cabernet blend is a good introduction to the vintage, and while it will improve over the course of three to eight years, it is not a wine intended for long-term cellaring.” – David Ramey
|PRODUCER||Ramey Wine Cellars|
|VARIETAL COMPOSITION||Bordeaux Red Blend|