2012 Ramey Napa Valley Claret
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Claret appears to be another outstanding example of value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon. A 6,000-case blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and the rest Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, consumers will love this beauty because of its forward, classic Cabernet style. It should drink well for 5-8 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(70% cabernet sauvignon, 24% merlot, 2% malbec, 2% syrah, 1% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot): Vivid ruby. Expressive aromas of dark berry preserves, candied flowers, pipe tobacco and white pepper. Fleshy and open-knit, offering sweet blackcurrant and cherry compote flavors lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. Supple tannins build slowly on the finish, which repeats the berry and tobacco notes.
The 2012 Claret looks like another delicious, mid-priced wine from David Ramey. Dark, round and seductive, the rich, resonant Cabernet Sauvignon-based Claret has more than enough depth to drink well for at least a handful of years. I tasted the 2012 from tank just before its bottling.
Ramey's Claret is entirely Napa Valley fruit and is comprised of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 2% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It was aged in a combination of French and American oak for 12 months before being lightly fined and bottled unfiltered. Ramey delivers excellent value across their entire portfolio, but this is an excellent example of an overachieving entry-level wine. It is also a good introduction to the highly anticipated 2012 Napa Valley vintage and a hint of things to come.