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, Alaskan Salmon
Sweet currant fruit, vanilla bean and spice box. A whiff of smoke and plum skin lead to a torrent of ripe black fruit when swirled. A hint of herbs mixed with cocoa nibs before an expansive and polished palate. This has taught structure but is fresh and vibrant with fine tannins. A classy Cabernet Sauvignon blend with a long life ahead.
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 1% Syrah
Stillwater Creek, Hedges Family Estate, Weinbau
Aged in 100% New French oak for 20 months
Awards & Accolades
"Bright dark. Perfumed aromas of red- and blackcurrant, black cherry, licorice and musky mocha. Smooth and fine-grained, offering superb tactile concentration to its flavors of currant, blackberry, licorice and dark chocolate. Plenty of oak here but nicely balanced by fruit. Offers lovely sweetness and immediate appeal but this is more firmly structured than the 2010 claret, finishing with suave tannins and very good chewy grip. Built to age."
91 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous