2007 Claret Reserve
Although we love all the wines we craft, we hold a special place in our hearts for the Scheid Claret Reserve. Our Bordeaux blend receives an inordinate amount of attention, from the specially selected vineyard rows to the careful sorting of the hand-harvested fruit to the finest oak barrels. It is an opportunity for Winemaker Dave Nagengast to use the tools of a vintage to craft a full-bodied, richly flavored wine that is integrated in perfect harmony. Using the five Bordeaux varietals, Dave has total freedom to choose and blend only the best of the best, influenced only by the unique characteristics of the vintage. Hailing from a spectacular season that lent firm tannin structure conducive for ageing, our 2007 Claret is characterized by concentrated lush black fruit mingled with spice, caramel, and a warm earthiness. Boasting secondary aromas of sweet vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, layers of earth and black tea, the dense flavors and balanced tannins integrate beautifully for a long, layered finish. This is a hauntingly complex wine with beautiful dark fruit still in the foreground, and the potential to continue developing for years to come.