Wine Spectator 89 points - Packs in a lot appeal for the price. Aromas of black cherry and spicy cinnamon lead to soft, focused flavors of red currant, toasted anise and subtle mint. Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2020. 3,200 cases made.-TF
(Jun 15 2015)
Wine Advocate 87 points - The 2012 Proprietary Red Claret, a blend of Bordeaux varietals, exhibits a gentle, gracious, velvety-textured style displaying raspberry, baking spice, black cherry and wood smoke characteristics. This elegant, Right Bank-styled 2012 should drink well for 4-5 years. (Dec 2014)
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Claret is the British-inspired name for a red wine made using the classic Bordeaux varietals, especially Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This bold blend has showy aromas of cranberry, cherry vanilla and currants merging with flavors of raspberry pie and warm baking spices. Itâ€™s smooth yet structured with a lengthy finish.
Wine maker notes
Individual varietal wines are skillfully blended together to create a complex, well-balanced and full-flavored wine. This beautifully crafted wine of medium-body and rich tannins displays aromas of cedar, vanilla and toffee with flavors of rich ripe plum and strawberries.
Claret is ready to drink upon release with an aging potential of 5-6 years.
Pasta: Lasagna, Spaghetti Bolognese
Meat: Pot Roast, Lamb Shanks, Grilled Beef, Lamb or Barbeque
Fish: Grilled Tuna or Salmon
Cheese: Aged and Blue Veined Cheese like Cheddar and Gorgonzola
For more than four decades, the wines of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards have reflected the finest mountain and valley vineyards in Sonoma County. Our founder, Joe Martin, fell in love with Sonoma Valley and established St. Francis Vineyard in 1971, planting 22 acres of Chardonnay and the first 60 acres of Merlot in Sonoma Valley. After achieving great success as a grower, Joe opened his own winery in 1979 with his business partner Lloyd Canton.
Our first winemaker, Tom Mackey, joined St. Francis in 1983 and was renowned for elevating both the quality and style of Sonoma Merlot as an ultra-premium, stand-alone varietal. He also cultivated an in-depth understanding of every Sonoma appellation, enabling us to acquire and develop new vineyards and expand our wine portfolio.
In 1988 St. Francis partnered with the Kopf family, long admired for their historic family legacy in the wine and spirits industry and their commitment to quality. That legacy began in 1933 upon the repeal of prohibition when Rudy Kopf founded the wine and spirits department of Macy’s Department Store in New York, turning it into what was then one of the finest wine and spirits retailers in the country. He later established his own wine and spirits company, now owned by his three daughters.
Today, a new generation of winemakers, Katie Madigan and Chris Louton, continues our long tradition of luscious, elegant, fruit-driven wines from Sonoma County grapes. We farm more than 400 acres of Certified Sustainable estate vineyards in Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley, each with varying compositions of loam, clay and volcanic soils. We also nurture long-term relationships with top Sonoma County grape growers, giving the Winery access to some of the region’s most coveted old vines Zinfandel and other varietals from acclaimed vineyards.