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The Donati Family Vineyard 2005 Claret is a sophisticated, Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot. Sourced from the winery’s youngest vineyards, the vines produce fruit that offer up-front flavors with modest complexity and forward fruitiness. This well structured, Estate-grown Claret won an exceptional Best of Class – Gold Medal from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. A blend that’s unique to each vintage, the 2005 Claret’s significant feature is the presence of Syrah, adding further color and flavor to the mix. The resulting wine shows ripe red fruit on the nose, with dark fruit, chocolate and dusty notes on the palate. Well-integrated tannins give the wine an easy-drinking style that will satisfy now, and continue to improve in the bottle for several years to come. Try pairing the Donati Family Vineyard 2005 Claret with herb roasted lamb steaks, bacon wrapped filet mignon, and braised pot roasts. [+]