Growing Conditions

750mL/sold out; 375mL/$21.00 2013 summed up to be a perfect vintage with clear sunny days and cool evenings. This produced a long, moderate growing season with extended hang time and even ripening, resulting in silky tannins and a full range of flavors while retaining natural acidity. This vintage’s blend is 62% Napa Valley, 11% St. Helena, 6% Oak Knoll, 5% Napa-Carneros, 4% Oakville, 4% Mt. Veeder, 3% Diamond Mountain, 3% Sonoma Coast and 2% Rutherford.

Bottling

This wine was lightly fined with egg whites and bottled without filtration in January 2015.

Winemaking

Our 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.

Aging

The 2013 Claret aged for 12 months in 22% new French & American oak barrels (Demptos and Canton) and aged sur lies with monthly bâtonnage to coat the tannins and smoothly integrate the wood.