The 2002 Black Label Claret reveals a deep garnet color and enticing aromas of dark chocolate, anise, and sweet spices. Rich, lively flavors of succulent blackberry, currant, and wild strawberry are wrapped in soft, smooth tannins.
Wine Maker Notes
2008 was a challenging vintage that delivered a very small crop as a result of spring frost that devastated many of the vines. In fact, some vineyards lost 50% of their fruit. The upside to having fewer grape clusters is the aromatics become more profound and flavors more concentrated and complex. Elegant and well-balanced, this year’s Claret displays lush fruit flavors, smooth tannins and intriguing spice nuances. Diamond Collection Claret pairs beautifully with beef tenderloin, grilled lamb chops or fettuccini with Gorgonzola cream sauce.
Ensemble 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot Aging 12-14 months in French oak Alcohol 13.7% Total Acid .56 grams/100ml pH 3.71 Vineyard Monterey, Paso Robles, El Dorado County Release Date January 2004
FOOD PAIRINGS• Braised beef in red wine sauce• Roast lamb with fennel• Three-cheese baked ziti