St. Francis Claret 2009, Sonoma, CA

ClaretTasting:          Date: April 03, 2013

Varietal:         Bordeaux Blend

Country:         USA, CA

Tasting Date Price:  $18.99

Rating:  N/A

Alcohol Content:  14.5%

Vineyard Website:   http://www.stfranciswine.com

Visual Aspect: Medium Red

Nose:  Luscious fruits & sweet earthiness

Palate:  backbone and sturdy tannins

Food Pairing: Artisanal cheeses and cured meats; perhaps a wedge or two of Pierre Robert’s Triple Creme Brie, or a Vermont Clothbound Cheddar, with some Spicy Chorizo

Bold yet silky, a classic Bordeaux-style red, w/ aromas of licorice, ripe currants & nutmeg preceding juicy flavors of raspberry pie & baking spices.  Pair w/ roast meats.

Winery notes: Our Sonoma County Claret is a complex though well balanced blend of luscious Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot & Malbec grown throughout Sonoma County.

Winemakers Notes:  Our Sonoma County Claret is a complex though well balanced blend of luscious Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot & Malbec grown throughout Sonoma County. This is a true Sonoma County Claret, with the backbone and sturdy tannins of the Cabernet Sauvignon, sweet earthy notes of Sonoma Valley grown Merlot and the spicy characteristics of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The finished wine is an assemblage of Sonoma County terroir, ideally grown grapes and winemaking craftsmanship not to be missed.

Vineyard Notes:  Since it’s founding in 1971, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards has carried on a constant search for vineyards with unique soil and climate characteristics. Winemaker Tom Mackey, who has been with St. Francis for over 25 years, has cultivated an in-depth understanding of every Sonoma appellation, which he has used to acquire and develop the very best vineyards for the winery over the last several decades.

St. Francis owns 600 acres of prime Sonoma County vineyards – carefully chosen, diverse vineyard sites with varying soil compositions of loam, clay and volcanic soils. St. Francis’ estate vineyards give the winery complete control over growing and production; a cornerstone to the winery’s quality philosophy.

 Tasting Notes:  This is a true Sonoma County Claret, with the backbone and sturdy tannins of the Cabernet Sauvignon, sweet earthy notes of Sonoma Valley grown Merlot and the spicy characteristics of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The finished wine is an assemblage of Sonoma County terroir, ideally grown grapes and winemaking craftsmanship not to be missed.

 

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