Ramey "Claret" Cabernet/Merlot Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
2005 Ramey Claret Napa Valley 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec, and 7% Syrah"Inky ruby. Finely etched cassis, blackberry, cherry and tobacco aromas are complicated by dried rose and white pepper. Bright red and dark berry flavors are crisp and unadorned (this saw no new barrels), with gentle tannins adding grip to the finish." Stephen Tanzer"...the 2005 Claret is a stylish, delicious red that is meant to be consumed during its first 7-8 years of life. It offers up aromas of cherries, underbrush, black currants, and cedar. Evolved and medium-bodied with a silky finish, it will drink well for 5-7 years." Robert ParkerThis is a california wine.
Beef stew paired beautifully with this ultra-velvety California blend. I have a soft spot for Ramey Claret. It was one of the first wines I really loved and it remains wonderfully accessible, but also delicious and well-balanced. Nose opens with chocolate-covered cherries. Pine tar and some spicebox hold up the rear. This is a high alcohol wine (14.5%) that manages to avoid being hot or a silly froot bomb. Soft, plush and round, it has notes of cherry, blackberry, cedar, tobacco, mocha, pencil shavings and a bit of herbs. Also notable that it's not overoaked -- tastes like it was aged in older barrels, or maybe french oak -- but does NOT have that icky American Oak Vanilla Flavor™. Lovely. Might have to buy another bottle.