I think this is not at its prime and I think the CT window closing date of 2017 is quite a bit off. I have two left and I will try to leave them alone until 2020. I guess I was surprised to see the drinking window as 2012-2017 for a Dehlinger Claret. Perhaps starting in 2017:). The Claret is, by far, my favorite Dehlinger and the one I try to continue to buy as I do my best to get away from lists. But it is hard to say no to the Claret.
Consistent with our prior notes, except we are not getting the green now; instead sweet oak predominates. Too much so. Still, pas mal, for what it is, over three nights. I do think this might go pretty well with spicy middle eastern foods.
One of my favorite small production wineries and first time having the claret. The nose is very pleasing with hints of oak, courant, and blackberries which is to be expected since a claret is a California Boudreaux blend. On the palate the wine is dry but soft and the courant and berry notes come forward but not too much. The tannins have softened nicely so the wine is very approachable. Very nice!
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