Taken From Granite Claret Elegance Renaissance Vineyard 1996

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'Claret Elegance' is meant to be the most elegant, aromatically complex, harmonious wine achievable every vintage by the blending of  Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Vinous and ripe without being cloying, or overtly dense, this is a seriously great wine especially considering the 20+ years of bottle age.  12.6% abv 

Gideon Beinstock has become known for his amazing Clos Saron wines; however the history goes back much further than that. A long winding road from growing up in Israel, an artist’s life of painting in Paris, helping to plant the Renaissance Vineyards in the 1970’s, international wine sales, and finally finding his way into winemaking at the very same vineyards he had planted almost two decades earlier. It was there at Renaissance that he began learning his craft and made the first of his incredible wines.

Gideon left Renaissance in the late 1990’s to found Clos Saron, just a few miles down the road, but has always felt a connection to the winery, both as a piece of his history, and also as a totally unique and special terroir. 

Gideon has had the opportunity to reclaim some of the greatest wines he made during his time at Renaissance and we are lucky enough to have one of those wines to offer now. The wine has never left the winery and has been aging perfectly, undisturbed for the past two decades. We were able to taste through these wines and have selected what we thought was showing outstandingly right now, and should continue to age gracefully for years to come. This is a rare and special wine, a true treat to try something with so much bottle age at such a reasonable price.

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