2007 was a warm, dry vintage in Washington. Plenty of summer heat produced grapes with wonderful intensity, deep, dark color and great balance.
The 2007 Horse Heaven Hills Claret (red wine) is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon,
20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot, and 6% Malbec. The fruit was sourced from our estate vines at Gunselman Bench, Andrews Horse Heaven Ranch, McKinley Springs and Phinny Hill vineyards. It was aged in 70% French oak and 30% American oak for 21 months, 50% of the oak was new. The ideal consumption is 2 to 5 years from release date, but this wine will develop for another 5-7 years. The alcohol by volume is 13.5%. This wine was bottled August 4, 2009.
"The inky purple 2007 Claret is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, with the balance Petit Verdot and Malbec aged for 21 months in 50% new French oak. It offers up an already complex bouquet of cigar box, violets, incense, herbal notes, and blackberry. On the palate it has layered fruit, plenty of spice, excellent depth and concentration, and enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. This lengthy wine will be at its best from 2012 to 2022.
The Wine Advocate