Claire’s wines have an old World flare to them, she can’t always disclose the location or name of the vineyards she uses. Some of the fruit and barrels she sources goes into wines sold at a much higher retail price, but we love that Claire offers such amazing wines at an unbeatable value. Claire’s husband Aaron, is head winemaker at Spottswoode and Claire’s mercantile market and tasting salon are located in the heart of downtown Calistoga. She is French by blood but an absolute powerhouse in the California wine industry. We are so thrilled to offer two of Claire’s wonderful wines and hope you will enjoy them as much as we do.
Appellation: 100% Napa Valley
Varietal: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon – 34% Merlot - 13% Malbec
Aging: All wine was aged in 60 gallon French barrels for 15 months; 20% New French Oak.
Tasting Note: Intense fuchsia color, exuberant nose of ripe blackberries and cassis with hints of mocha aromas and faint floral notes. In the palate, Padlock opens up to more dark fruits with seductive truffle and dark chocolate acidity. The texture is rich and intricate, the tannins are structured, and the wine continues to develop a few days after opening. Padlock 2018 is darker and juicier than its predecessor. Alcohol: 14.2 %