2006 Robert Karl Horse Heaven Hills Claret

12 Aug

This week’s second Washington Red is a 2006 Robert Karl Claret, which is made from grapes grown in the smaller Horse Heaven Hills AVA within the larger Columbia Valley AVA.  “Claret,” of course, is the term used by the British when referring to traditional Bordeaux blends.  It’s a label not often seen these days and perhaps indicates Robert Karl’s desire to associate his wines with those of Bordeaux (at least the way the British see Bordeaux?).  This wine is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot, and 5% Malbec.  All grapes permitted for use in Bordeaux blends.

Dark purple in color, this wine has an interesting aroma with notes of the usual suspects – dark berries, dried purple flowers, spice, and fennel – as well as a (some might say odd) scent of uncooked bacon.  While it doesn’t necessarily smell or taste bad and has a pleasantly long finish, it simply isn’t as balanced and smooth as the Syncline Subduction.

Worth a try?  Sure.  A new favorite?  Not quite, especially at $19.99/bottle from

3 corks popped!



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