Our process in the winery is much like the product that results: similar to our process for all our wines, only pushed to be more and better. The Reserve Claret is blended form a small subset of our most select barrels (Cabernet, Merlot and Cab Franc only). It undergoes a slightly cooler, slightly longer fermentation to achieve more compression, more density, more complexity. It also spends a little more time in barrel—19-21 months—to achieve the profile we’re looking for.
Ribeye, coq au vin, duck, braised lamb, cassoulet, steak frites or Alaskan salmon.
A bright and complex mixture of black cherries, currants, plum reduction and beautiful baking spices. It has a floral undertone weaving throughout; reminiscent of dried berry potpourri. Swirling adds richness and weight with darker blue and black fruits. The palate is balanced and impeccably textured with fine tannins, good freshness and a drink me now quality. I would caution against drinking all of this wine too early as its development will be worth the wait... if you can.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec
Stillwater Creek, Hedges Family Estate, Bel’villa, Red Mountain Vineyard
Aged for 21 months in 100% new French Oak
Awards & Accolades
"This Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend shows aromas of blackberry, red and black currant and barrel spices (100% new French), seeming a bit wound up at present. The fruit and barrel flavors are elegant yet rich with a polished, seamless feel and a warm finish."
92 points, Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast
"Even more impressive, with smoking raspberry, blackberry, spring flowers, toast and hints of licorice, the 2011 Reserve is medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated (especially in the vintage), layered and elegant, with fabulous purity and freshness. It too has ultra-fine tannin and impressive length on the finish. Made from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 6% Malbec and 6% Cabernet Franc that spent 19 months in 100% new French oak, it will shine through 2025."
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
"Bright, dark ruby-red. Enticing aromas of dark berries, bitter chocolate, espresso, violet, licorice and smoke. Sweet, suave and fine-grained; a strong but polished wine with concentrated dark berry and chocolate flavors. The 2011 Claret may be about elegance, but thanks to the slow, even ripening made possible by this cool growing season, this special bottling is also remarkably suave and balanced. Finishes with noble tannins and excellent perfumed length."
92 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous