Horse Heaven Hills
2007 was a warm, dry vintage in Washington. Plenty of summer heat produced grapes with wonderful intensity, deep, dark color and great balance.
The 2007 Horse Heaven Hills Claret (red wine) is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon,
20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot, and 6% 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 13.5%. This wine was bottled August 4, 2009.
91 Paul Gregutt Wine Enthusiast Editors’ Choice Rich, smooth and balanced, with the sort of chocolate mouth feel generally associated with much pricier Bordeaux blends, this is the winery’s salute to the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. A five-grape blend, loaded with cherry pie fruit flavors, it finishes with a streak of mocha and caramel woven through fine-grained tannins.
91 Dr. Jay Miller Wine Advocate The inky purple 2007 Claret is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, with the balance Petit Verdot and Malbec aged for 21 months in 50% new French oak. It offers up an already complex bouquet of cigar box, violets, incense, herbal notes, and blackberry. On the palate it has layered fruit, plenty of spice, excellent depth and concentration, and enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. This lengthy wine will be at its best from 2012 to 2022.
Excellent Wine Press NW One of the most consistent and classic wines in the Northwest each year is Dr. Joe Gunselman's affordable assemblage. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec impart black cherries and smoky coffee, cedar and bittersweet chocolate. It's an easy drinker with those cherries and pomegranate, which gives is lots of acidity. The wealth of oak and fine-grained tannins lends it opulence.
Dan Radil Bellingham Herald The 2007 Claret continues the winery's tradition of excellence with this well-structured blend of five red varietals.