Hearty beef stew with root vegetables
Red and black currants, smoke, spiced plum and black cherry. Swirling brings up red fruits and sandalwood. Fresh, but ripe, with bright fruit and good tension. Long and smooth tannins with a finish of plum, blackberry and vanilla bean spice.
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Stillwater Creek, Bel’Villa, Hedges Family Estate, Red Mountain, Pepper Bridge
Fermented in 87% concrete and 13% stainless steel tanks. Aged for 22 months in in 80% new French oak.
"The 2015 Reserve Claret checks in as 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that saw more new oak, spending 22 months in 80% new barrels. Similarly, inky colored, with beautiful blue fruits, violets, cedar and incense aromatics, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, fine, polished tannin, and nicely integrated acidity. It's balanced, has beautiful purity, and a great finish."
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
"Polished and well-built, with a firm and lively backbone wrapped in rich black cherry, lead pencil and spice flavors that finish with big but refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2020 through 2025."
92 points, Tim Fish, Wine Spectator