2006 Horse Heaven Hills Claret
2006 was a beautiful vintage in Washington. A cool and wet spring led into a classic growing season. Plenty of summer heat produced grapes with wonderful intensity, natural acidity and great balance.
The 2006 Horse Heaven Hills Claret (red wine) is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot, and 5% Malbec. The fruit was sourced from our estate vines at Gunselman Bench, Andrews Horse Heaven Ranch, McKinley Springs and Phinny Hill vineyards. It was aged in 70% French oak and 30% American oak for 21 months, 50% of the oak was new. The ideal consumption is 2 to 5 years from release date, but this wine will develop for another 5-7 years. The alcohol by volume is 14.2%. This wine was bottled July 21, 2008.
Gold, North West Wine Summit
Silver Medal, Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition
90 Paul Gregutt Wine Advocate One of the finest bargains of my Washington tastings is the 2006 Claret, a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot, and 5% Malbec. It spent 23 months in 60% new French oak. Purple-colored, it offers an alluring bouquet of wood smoke, spice box, violets, cassis, and blackberry. Elegant on the palate, it has layers of tasty fruit, excellent balance, a bit of structure, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.