Vineyard: Becker Vineyards, Fredericksburg, TX
Type of wine: Claret (dry red)
Nose: spicy, bold, woody
Palate: dark berry, oak, spicy
Rating: 4 out of 5
I first tasted this wine at the Becker Vineyards tasting room in Fredericksburg, TX. It didn’t make a lasting impression on me but I saw a bottle of it in the local Specs store this evening and decided to pick it up and give it another try. Claret wines are Bordeaux style red wines, typically oaked for 1-2 years resulting in a bold, dry red wine. The aroma of this wine is consistent with that of a typical bordeaux, bold, spicy and woody. The first taste of the wine is fruit-forward and that of raspberry/dark berry. It follows through bold and spicy and finishes strong with a nice oak flavor. I am not disappointed in this wine and would recommend picking up a bottle to pair with some beef or a heavy meal, especially at this price-point. This is a bold, dry red wine that has been aged in oak for 15 months, so if you do not like woody and bold red wines you may want to steer clear.