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2008 Basel Cellars CLARET Walla Walla Red Blend Estate


$20.99

Size: 750ML

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Winery Notes: At Basel Cellars we are focused on producing small-lot, high quality wines at excellent value. We think the Basel Cellars Claret does just that.  The wine is a typical Bordeaux style blend consisting primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. It was aged for 18 months in mostly neutral oak allowing the high quality of the fruit to shine through. The nose displays dark cherry compote, layered with oaky, toasty, and leathery notes, and hints of pencil shavings.  The dark fruit carries over to the mouth and is joined by good acidity and a firm structure, with a long finish of mocha.

  • Model: 1CB9
  • Size: 750ML

WE

88

A step forward in this vintage, with a pretty nose offering blackberry and truffle notes. Flavors are a mix of fruit and herb, dried leaf, tea and cherry tobacco. It grabs your attention, then thins out a bit too quickly in the finish. But lots of potential, and probably a good chance to improve over the next couple of years. P.G. (7/1/2011)


IWC

87

Dark red. Brooding aromas of dark plum, currant, graphite, mocha and licorice. Similarly a bit youthfully mute on the palate, with juicy acidity framing the currant, graphite and tobacco flavors. Turns edgy on the back end, finishing with drying tannins. This blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah and cabernet franc spent 18 months in mostly neutral oak.


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Gold Medal - 2011 San Francisco Wine Chronicle
Bronze Medal - 2011 Seattle Wine Awards




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