Abacela's Claret is a well-defined Bordeaux blend of 60% Cab Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cab Franc and a splash of Petite Verdot. Packed with plenty of firm, forward fruit, it delivers full-throttle flavors of berries and plums, highlighted with some sweeter notes. Candied raisins and brown sugar decorate the tart fruit, then lead into a smoky, earthy, tannic finish.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.