Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2013 Claret, which is usually a 5,000 to 6,000-case cuvee, is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and the rest Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This boasts loads of Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, baking spices, and black and red currants in a delicious, soft, juicy style. It is exactly what it should be and even holds the promise of aging for 7-8 years. (Mar 2016)
Antonio Galloni Barrel Tasting 89-90 Points - "Dark red cherries, plums, smoke and licorice jump from the glass in the 2013 Claret. A bit darker and richer than normal in this vintage, the 2013 Claret is shaping up to be an overachiever. I tasted the 2013 from tank just prior to bottling. In 2013, the Cabernet Sauvignon is down to about 55% of the blend, while Merlot is higher than normal, a decision that I imagine was made to give the wine its customary early appeal in a vintage in which Bordeaux-styled wines are quite imposing."
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