(2013 Vintage) The 2013 Claret aged for 12 months in 22% new French & American oak barrels (Demptos and Canton) and aged sur lies with monthly bâtonnage to coat the tannins and smoothly integrate the wood. This wine was lightly fined with egg whites and bottled without filtration in January 2015.
90 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate December 2010 The only bottled 2008, the 2008 Claret continues the fruit-driven, soft, velvety textured, plush style of previous vintages. This Cabernet Sauvignon-based effort is an attractive, consumer-friendly wine to enjoy over the next decade. 91 points, Stephen Tanzer's IWC June 2011 Deep, bright ruby. Cherry-vanilla, cassis, anise and fruitcake on the nose, with suave floral lift. Shows good juicy cut and energy to its flavors of dark berries, bitter cherry and mocha. Round and seamles wine, with very good finishing breadth and a persistent note of candied dark fruits. This is already delicious. —JR 92 points, Wine Spectator October 2011 Pure, rich, structured and full-bodied, with an expansive core of ripe plum, currant, tobacco, sage and cedar flavors, tilting toward tar on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2019. 2,700 cases made. –JL
blueberry and dark cherry notes. opens quick. very smooth.
Robert Parker(2012 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/20/2013
Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/21/2013
Robert Parker(2002 Vintage) "The seductive, dark plum/purple-colored 2002 Claret (3,500 cases) reveals a voluptuous texture along with wonderfully sweet notes of cedar, chocolate, black currants, raspberries, and roasted coffee in a succulent, opulent, full-bodied style that is hard to resist. Even the barrel sample could have been drunk with great pleasure. Get on the bandwagon as David Ramey is on top of his game."
International Wine Cellar(2002 Vintage) Rating: 89-92 - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on May-04
Wine Advocate(2002 Vintage) Rating: (89-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03