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2013 “A Proper Claret”
Wine Specs
46% cabernet sauvignon, 17% merlot, 15% tannat, 13% petit verdot, 8% syrah, 1% petite sirah
6.0 g/L
Alcohol %

2013 “A Proper Claret”

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“If we ever were to drink a cabernet-based blend, this would be one that would serve quite well.”- Reginald ffrench-Postalthwaite

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$18.00 per bottle / $194.40 per case
$15.30 per bottle / $172.80 per case (Members)

Some cautionary words: Bonny Doon Vineyard is, as we all know or should know, a strictly cabernet-free zone, at least it has been for the last twenty-nine years. (This commonsense dictum is as easy as A,B, C.) The last “Claret” nominally produced at Bonny Doon Vineyard was in 1985 from grapes grown at our late Estate in the eponymous hamlet of Bonny Doon. It was a blend of approximately equal parts of cabernet sauvignon, cab. franc, merlot and malbec, and against all expectation, was actually pretty damn good.

Randall Grahm, owner and winemaker, has expressed amused disdain, occasionally bordering on amused disdain, for this popular grape variety. He has been heard to say at least once, “I will not kiss the lips Bordelais cépages will not pass these lips." We are not really at liberty to say how Bonny Doon Vineyard has come to be entrusted with the distribution of a wine made from such improbably alien grape varieties, but suffice to say that the deal was doon grudgingly and harumphingly.

Now, as to the label. What can we say? We are just scandalized, sputteringly unable to countenance the opportunistic wine marketeers who would stoop to using lurid imagery merely to sell a bottle of wine. Has it really come to this? It is only because we enjoyed the wine so much that we are willing to put up with the tasteless monstrosity that is this label. “Proper” (!?!) Claret? Indeed.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
It is lean, neither overly alcoholic (weighing in at 13%) nor overly extracted, nor overly oakèd; it is precisely what one would imagine A Proper Claret to be. The wine contains a substantial dollop of petit verdot (13%), adding a silky note of violets and textural elegance, in counterpoint to the lead-in-the-pencil firmness offered by the inclusion of the virile tannat (15%). Tannat, the grape implicated in the French paradox (and the vinifera variety with resveratrol levels that are off the charts), is principally grown in Gascony (land of Les Trois Mousquetaires), though it was historically grown as well in Bordeaux as late as the 19th century.Comparing this wine with the 2012 APC, the inaugural vintage, the ‘13 version is a bit plusher and posher, with softer tannins, not unreminiscent of the overstuffed chair at one’s Club. There is still a lovely minty, cedary aspect to this wine, reflective of its perfect balance, with nary a prunish note to be found.
2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Silver Medalist
Food Pairing Notes
Proper (British) mutton, proper leg of lamb, (ideally served with proper Yorkshire pudding).
10,925 cases
Product Reviews
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(Jan 3, 2015 at 4:59 PM)
This wine starts a little thin and tart, but then the cab opens up and fills in for a awesome, extremely tasty and drinkable red blend. somewhere between a pinot and a cab, but very very tasty!

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Warren Buckles
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(Jan 25, 2015 at 2:24 PM)
Quite proper - in all the meanings of the term. Not forward, pressing itself against the palate and saying 'Hey, I'm a Cab that you will never forget (and perhaps never drink again,either)' But not a shrinking violet, giving you a taste of what it might have been had the vintner known what he/she was doing. So, proper - but at the same time a nice cab that seems to have some cellar time waiting for it but is quite drinkable now. Great when I'm trying to figure out a quirky bit of RTOS code for my quadcopter or entertaining a bunch of not-computer-geeks. Don't expect a Cigare - but it's got a lot going for it.

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