A 95 Point Under $60 Napa Powerhouse

I can’t believe it but White Rock has been around for over 30 years! I fondly recall their 1987 Claret, which was their second release. That was the first vintage I was introduced to in 1990, the beginning of my “wine career”. The Vandendriessches have an amazing property that is nestled on and between a few mountain slopes in Stag’s Leap. This estate has been able to produce old-world-style wines from its property for over three decades now.

White Rock 2016 Claret (Cabernet Blend) “Estate” Napa Valley
GGWC 59.99
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The 2016 vintage of Claret (a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot) is a perfect blend of dense fruit, spice and refined tannins, reflective of the vintage’s long growing season and the estate’s mineral intensive terroir. On the nose, we find cherry, blueberry and raspberry; and notes of brambly fruit, Moroccan spice, and graphite that yield to a lush, velvety mouthfeel and a long finish. Drinking beautifully now and will only improve with age.

Vinous 95 Points:White Rock’s 2016 is a powerful, structured wine that is going to need at least a few years to soften and start coming together. Today, the tannins remain imposing, but behind all of that heft lies a core of super-expressive fruit that is just waiting to emerge. Iron, smoke, chocolate, grilled herbs and crushed rocks add myriad shades of nuance to this beautifully chiseled, brooding Cabernet from White Rock.”

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