A properly tart and tasty Cab based blend.
Sample submitted for review. The Bonny Doon Vineyard A Proper Claret has an SRP of $16 and is available for as low as $12. Ready to buy? Check your local retailers. 17,208 cases produced.
From the (always entertaining Bonny Doon) bottle:
Harumph. Not wishing to whinge, but just what does it take to be served a glass of proper Claret around here? These were precisely the words I spoke just the other day at my Club(1) to the cheeky bloke who presented a “fruit-forward” Blaufränkelgipfler wine for my consideration. Crikey, I was gobsmacked.(2) I could have boxed his ears. I told him to bu**er off and bring me some Proper Claret. We did not fight (and win!!) The War only to be served jammy, “fruit-forward” beverages at one’s Club, I’ll tell you that. This is just another fine example of the utter decline of standards and the moral laxity I observe on a more or less daily basis, especially in these young ‘uns. Now, mind you, if you are enjoying a joint(3) and Yorkshire pudding, you will want to be drinking A Proper Claret, somewhat of a rare and endangered species, don’t you know. Allow me a moment to edify you as to what constitutes “A Proper Claret,” inverted commas. It’s Cabernet Sauvignon-based, to be sure, but it’s proper, elegant Cabernet, not the semi-ubiquitous confected/treacly stuff one might spread on bickies.(4) But along with that, there are other bits–I can’t be bothered to remember them all–that fill things in; no gaps to mind, mind you. A Proper Claret brings order and focus to a meal as well as to a world that is in constant danger of, dare I say, changing.
In conclusion, it is likely that it is only A Proper Claret that will keep the barbarous hordes at bay, and allow Civilization a modest prospect of some undoubtedly short-term continuity.
(1)With the rather unlikely name of BONNY DOON VINEYARD.
(2)Astonished, amazed, for the Yanks who might be following.
(3)Of proper British mutton, to be sure.
(4)That would be “biscuits.” Do I have to explain everything?
The 2014 Bonny Doon Vineyard A Proper Claret begins with an excellent aroma of red cherry, rhubarb, cranberry, red licorice and mint. Taking a sip reveals a smooth and tasty medium-bodied wine with lots of tart red fruit, more red licorice, nicely integrated spice and even a bit of earthiness. Chewy tannins lead into the dry, tart fruit finish. A properly delicious red blend for sure. Highly Recommended.
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