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White Rock Claret 2014 Red Blend

The 2014 vintage of Claret is a dense but violet hue, leading with black cherry, blueberry, and raspberry on the nose. I find notes of black tea, dried orange rind, and graphite balance the fruit on the nose, and evolve into blackberry and bramble. The mouthfeel is lush and velvet, with fine tannins. There is an element of slate along with cardamom and anise that leads to intriguing elements as the wine opens and evolves in the glass. The finish is a smooth cocoa that I find rather elegant with a long and lingering finish. Drink now or in the next 5-8 years.

76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot