94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck: The 2019 Claret North Coast Red Wine is a killer value, with great lift and freshness throughout. Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, and the rest Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, the majority of the fruit was sourced from Jericho Canyon. Pouring a youthful purple/red, it is lifted with aromas of graphite, fresh black cherry, cedar, and pine needles. Full-bodied but lifted, it offers ripe tannins, fresh acidity, and notes of fresh red and black fruit, pressed flowers, and turned soil earthiness on the finish. It's drinking well now but is certainly worth cellaring over the next 10 or more years. It’s a great value.
Winemaker Notes: One of the few remaining Clarets in California, this Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend is a time capsule of a great old style of wine. Aromatically the wine has notes of sweet, chocolate cherry cake with dried mint and fine loose tobacco. On the palate, the wine is fruit-forward with matching cherry flavors as well as a hint of brambly blackberries, and fresh finish.