The goal when making Claret is not only to showcase Cabernet Sauvignon and its Bordeaux blending partners, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, but also to demonstrate the diversity of California's many distinguished growing regions. Rich, lively flavors of succulent blackberry, currant, and wild strawberry are wrapped in soft, smooth tannins.
|Wine maker notes
|2012 was an excellent vintage across California due to the steady, mild temperatures during the summer months. This consistency helped the grapes mature gradually and develop deeply concentrated fruit with complex aromatics, excellent body, and supple tannins.
|The inspiration for the Diamond Collection was a bottle of 1906 Claret we found in the cellar of
the Napa Valley property we purchased in 1975. We didn’t really know what Claret was and soon
gathered it was the British name for wines from Bordeaux, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon blends. I
liked the word Claret because the definition implied something that was clear and pure. But I was
discouraged from using the term because people wouldn’t know what it meant.
Despite opposition, I felt strongly about creating a red blend and calling it Claret. I designed a
new label and launched the Diamond Collection in 1997 with Black Label Claret, which is our
company’s most recognized offering. Today, the Diamond collection has 13 varietals in all the
colors of the rainbow. The quality and authenticity of Diamond Collection is extremely important
because we are a family company and our name is on the label. As such, you can trust that we’ ll
always give you the very best.
—Francis Ford Coppola
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