A Bulk Buy Bordeaux blend that might just be too easy to drink, the Donati Family Vineyards Claret.
It’s our first Insider Deal on a Claret! (Although not really since it’s just a fancy British name for Cabernet based Bordeaux blend but hey we’ll go with it because this wine is delicious.)
The grapes for today’s wine are grown in a little known appellation in California now getting a pretty nice reputation, the Paicines AVA, which is on the other side of the Galban mountain range from Monterey. It is the southernmost (and warmest) AVA in San Benito County. (This is a great strategy for reverse wine snobs, by the way — looking for delicious wines from lesser known regions.)
The blend is 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The wine spends 23 months in oak, 13% of which was new French oak, 7% new American oak and 2% new Russian oak with the remainder in previously used barrels. The wine is completely dry with only 0.4 g/L of residual sugar.
The Donati Claret has a pretty reasonable SRP of $20. 7,758 cases of this wine were produced and James Suckling gave the 2016 we are offering here 91 points.
Today you can get 4 bottles for just $49.99, or $12.50 each. That’s a savings of 37.5% with our 1-Day Insider Deal!
The Donati Family Vineyards Claret 4-pack ships to: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, WA and WI. (These states are dependent on the individual licenses of this winery. Future deals may have more or less states available.)
Once the deal ends and the orders are consolidated (7-10 days after the conclusion of the offer), we are currently sending all orders via 2-day shipping (in styrofoam) to minimize transit time and protect against heat exposure during the summer.
This is a limited time, winery direct offer facilitated by our friends at Wine Country Connect. Sale ends Tuesday 9/8 at noon (PST) unless it sells out sooner. 2 Day shipping is a flat $10 per order no matter how many 4-packs you buy! Clicking on the buy button above will take you to the site winedealmaker.com for checkout. If you don't see the embedded buy box click here to order. Once there you can also adjust the quantity in your order by using the "Click To Update Cart" link at the top of the screen.
From the bottle:
The Paicines AVA is located 27 miles inland from Monterey, California and is part of the greater Central Coast AVA. The warm daytime temperatures and cool evening breezes allow our grapes to mature slowly, thereby developing wines of great character, balance and complexity. Our mission is to provide our customers with wines that complement any occasion from formal to informal, with consistent quality that you can trust. Please enjoy with Family and Friends.
Produced & Bottled by Donati Family Vineyard
The 2016 Donati Family Vineyards Claret opens with very pleasing aromas of black cherry, blackberry, just a bit of a bell pepper note plus a little cedar, baking spice and licorice.
The wine tastes smooth, fruity, juicy and quite good. It features soft tannins and similar fruit flavors to the nose with nicely integrated spice notes to round things out. Nicely balanced, this is quite a delicious blend that is super easy to drink. It's definitely a crowd-pleasing wine but still has a bit of complexity as well.
It ends with a dry, long and slightly chewy finish. Whatever you want to call it, this is one tasty red blend! And with a Taste rating of 9, we liked this one even better than another popular Claret from Coppola.
2016 Donati Family Vineyards Claret
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And here's what people are saying about our previous Insider Deals:
"I recently took advantage of your offer. So glad I did, and now sorry I did not buy more (like all those quotes on your website!)"
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"AMAZING!! Damn, I should have bought a CASE!!"
"WOW. Just... wow. Absolutely delicious. If I knew it was going to be this good, I would have bought a case... or two. This was dead-center in the sweet spot of what I like. Thank you!!"
"I’ve tried every single wine club out there (except Kermit Lynch) and really haven’t been impressed except for a random bottle here or there but your selections have really been great."
"I have loved all my RWS deals, can't wait to get this one."
"Just got my 6 bottles and having my first glass. WHY, WHY didn't I buy a case??!!"
"Hi Jon, just had to let you know that I love this wine!!!! Thanks for doing what you do."
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"I finally opened a bottle of this and it did not disappoint. Delicious!!!"
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"Bought a case wish I had purchased 2-3 cases. Fantastic buy for the price."
"This Insider Deal was the best ever. This wine is amazing!!! Strongly recommend."
"Just received our shipment - so glad we bought it - it’s delicious!"
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"What a great offer and a rare treat!"
"thanks for the deal...this wine is spectacular for $12.50/bottle. I am used to buying big, bold, young cabs or old vine zins and paying considerably more multiples of this price."
"Wish I had doubled my order!"
"Wow - this wine is amazing!!! Glad I have two more bottles of it!!"