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Red Label Claret 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is a dark garnet color with lovely ripe aromas of cherry, black plum and blackberry with subtle hints of dusty spice. The same aromas carry over to the palate, which leads with red fruit flavors later revealing clove and brown spices on the finish. The creamy mid-palate of this well-balanced wine makes it an appealing choice on its own or with a meal.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Winery: Newton Vineyard
Varietal: Merlot
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Newton Vineyard:
Each Newton Vineyard wine embodies the founders’ vision to rise above the conventions of the valley in pursuit of unmatched quality. Crafted with an uncompromising commitment to true terroir expression, the Newton style is noted for its unadulterated richness and purity of fruit. The single square mile of hillside pioneered by the Newtons in 1977 is an impressive site, with expansive v... Read more
Each Newton Vineyard wine embodies the founders’ vision to rise above the conventions of the valley in pursuit of unmatched quality. Crafted with an uncompromising commitment to true terroir expression, the Newton style is noted for its unadulterated richness and purity of fruit. The single square mile of hillside pioneered by the Newtons in 1977 is an impressive site, with expansive vistas of Napa Valley and beyond. The terraced mountain estate has 120 acres planted at elevations ranging from 500 to 1,600 feet above sea level. Each of the 112 distinctive vineyard blocks is planted to a specific varietal – Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon or Petit Verdot. These parcels reflect distinct soil types, sun exposures and individual microclimates. The blocks are fermented separately to contribute complexity to the final blended wine. As with the red varietals, the diverse Chardonnay blocks are hand-picked and vinified separately, providing the winemaker with a rich palette from which to choose when blending Newton Vineyard wines. The blocks are set among the native vegetation to preserve the ecosystem of the hillside. Recognized as an American pioneer of unfiltered wines, Newton Vineyard is dedicated to working in harmony with nature to transform grapes of uncompromised quality into wines of distinctive character. Based on an old-world style, Newton’s winemaking techniques include natural fermentation and bottling without filtration. These purist traditions preserve the natural depth of flavor, bouquet and structure. Read less

Member Reviews for Red Label Claret

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Snooth User: jem1234
591768609
0.00 5
10/30/2011

the vintage in my cellar is 2007


Snooth User: BGShawn
893072126
4.00 5
07/31/2011

Med to Full, rich lush tannins compliment in your face mountain fruit to create a Bordeaux blend ready to stand next to the best.....who knew all this for $17.00. Let her open up she is a bit young!


Snooth User: AeroEng2Bee13
88141539
3.50 5
07/06/2011

7.6.11


Snooth User: grouperman
86265814
3.50 5
07/24/2011

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Red Label Claret

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

Bright red-ruby. Enticing aromas of redcurrant, licorice, iron, loam, tobacco and chocolate. Suave, round and nicely concentrated, with a restrained sweetness to the red fruit, herb and spice flavors. In a polite, very easy-to-drink style and not at all over the top. Finishes with a broad, spicy dusting of tannins and a suggestion of coffee liqueur.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
06/19/2013

This wine is a dark garnet color wit lovely ripe aromas of black cherry, black plum and blackberry with subtle hints of dusty spice. The same aromas carry over to the palate, which leads with red fruit flavors, later revealing clove and brown spices on the finish. This wine compliments grilled meat dishes and also proves versatile with a wide variety of foods, from hearty pasta dishes to braised beef.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

Distinctive for its elegant and layered structure, offering aromas of red currant and fresh cedar and complex flavors of plum, cigar box and brown spice. Tannins build on the finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2018.



This wine is a dark garnet color with lovely ripe aromas of cherry, black plum and blackberry with subtle hints of dusty spice. The same aromas carry over to the palate, which leads with red fruit flavors later revealing clove and brown spices on the finish. The creamy mid-palate of this well-balanced wine makes it an appealing choice on its own or with a meal.

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