Lots of red-berry, chocolate and cedar character follows through to a medium body, round tannins and a savory finish. Drink now. Why wait?
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. (AG)
Pure, clean and graceful, this is very rich and well-structured, with a deep, layered core of currant, blackberry, mocha and underbrush, ending with a long, lingering aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2027. 5,700 cases made. (JL)
*One Star* Direct, black cherry fruit is joined by a helpful bit of caramelly oak in the nose and both are carried forward into the comparatively plump flavors of this, the most accessible of Ramey's four Cabernet-centric wines. While a touch dry at the finish and showing enough tannin for grip, it stops short of being sere or severe and is one to be tagged for drinking in the next three to five years.
A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 3% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2014 Claret is a little mute at this youthful stage, offering blackberry and black cherry notes with touches of cedar and spice box. Soft, ripe and with plenty of juicy fruit in the mouth, it has a velvety texture and good length. (LPB)
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