2012 White Rock Napa Valley Claret

SKU #1237270 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The delicious, complex 2012 Proprietary Red Blend Claret’s dense ruby/purple color is followed by sweet plum, blackcurrant and black cherry notes intermixed with incense and forest floor. The tannins are soft, the acidity noticeable but not intrusive, and the wine is fleshy, powerful and elegant. It is a gorgeous red to drink now and over the next 8-10 years. Traditionally, this cuvée has been composed of all the Bordeaux varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. (RP)  (10/2014)

Wine & Spirits

 One side of this wine is black with warm cherry cola flavors, the other side is brisk with tannin and acidity. For now, those two sides stand apart, needing time to meld in bottle.  (12/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Modest in scale, with notes of berry, burnt toast and herb. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2019. (Web Only—2015)

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2016 | Send Email
I poured the Cab at a staff tasting, so I decided to pour the Claret for a customer tasting and it was a huge crowd favorite. Even when matched against a few oaky and extracted Cali Cabs, the straightforward style and purity of fruit shined through. With this blend of Cab, Merlot, there are no bells and whistles added. White Rock wines are a true example of Napa Valley terroir.

Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2016 | Send Email
Having tried White Rock for the first time today, I’m now kicking myself for taking so long to try these wines! The Claret is a great example of what Napa is capable of when paired with a house style that emphasizes balance and poise. Unmistakably California with deep rich notes of blueberry and black plum, very supple on the palate, the wine is lushly fruited and opulent. It continues on with deep notes of violets and coco powder, cassis as well. What really sets this wine apart however if the effortless balance it strikes. Supple tannins glide from front to finish; the wine is lifted by acidity that is bright but not harsh, just lending aliveness to the wine. I was quite taken with this wine, even more so when I saw the under $40 price tag.

Staff Image By: Brian Allie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2016 | Send Email
This intricate wine is grown in a cooler area of the vineyard and is a marvelously balanced, rich and full-bodied blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, aged for 21 months in French oak. Flavors of Bing cherries, cassis and a bit of pepper enticed my mouth. This claret’s pleasant acidity adds to the ripe and long-lasting finish. I couldn’t help but think of how I would love to pair this with a grilled steak in my backyard.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2016 | Send Email
This is a vibrant, complex blend with good texture and better length. Bright red fruits with floral and tobacco tones on the nose. The flavors are a little darker with lush tannins and a little spice. This wine sings.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.