Claret is the British name for a red blend of classic French Bordeaux varietals that is used to describe this California Sonoma County wine.

There are six permitted varietals in true Bordeaux and this vintage is primarily merlot (45 percent) and malbec (31 percent), with smaller portions of cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. (The other two permitted varietals are cabernet franc and carmenere.) The grapes were fermented and aged 16 months in French oak before being blended.

The result is an elegant and bold wine with red fruit flavors and prominent but smooth tannins.

Sherry: “Strong clover overtones with black cherry, cassis and strawberry.” (3.5 stars out of 5)

Chris: “A leathery and cigar box bouquet with flavors of plum, black currant and vanilla.” (3.75 stars out of 5)

Available for $17 to $20.

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