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Scheid Vineyards
2005 Claret Reserve

Our Selection for Wine of the Week March 1, 2010

Scheid Vineyards 2005 Claret Reserve Wine Review

A Food-Friendly Blend
Scheid Vineyards
2005 Claret Reserve


Scheid Vineyards is best known for the huge influence it has had on Monterey-area wineries since 1972. The company, maintaining over 5,600 acres, grows grapes for more than 30 Central California wineries. It is hard to believe that one of California's most important wine industry players started out as an agricultural tax shelter. Alfred Scheid, at the behest of his former employer, E.F. Hutton, began acquiring vineyard properties as a business opportunity. But what was initially big business grew into a passion and today Scheid is not only considered a top grower but also produces wines under its own label, including Grenache, Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and several blends. The 2005 Claret is a blend of Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The wine’s aromas are an interesting combination of smoke, tomato jam, black currant and brambles. On the palate, there is more of the tart currants and sweet tomatoes as well as black cherries, brambles and leather. We find the flavor lacking at the front of the palate but the wine's long, earthy finish is delicious. With fine tannins and bright acidity, the Claret is quite food-friendly. Try it with a tomato-based winter stew, barbecued beef or even a sophisticated Wellington.

Rating: 14/20

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