Cassis, currants, plum skin, bloomed baking spices with a whiff of dark fruit, graphite and crème brûlée. Swirling adds some dried herbs and perfumed sweetness. This wine is dense and opulent with unfolding layers of fruit and spice. The palate is composed with dark smoldering black fruit, black tea and additional lingering spices. The texture and tannins are layered and persistent. As a flagship wine, we are thrilled with this new vintage, as we feel it’s one of our finest examples of Reserve Claret to date.
Hearty beef stew with root vegetables
"The 2018 Claret Reserve combines mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (71%) with smaller portions of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Extracted and brooding in the glass, this well-structured bottling unveils layers of creosote, leather, black currant jelly and suggestions of black tea on the palate. Finishing long, it has the stability and viscosity to cellar well over the next 15-plus years."
92 points, Owen Bargreen, Vinous