2002 RV's Fine Claret (Special Library Release)

The 2002 R.V.'s Fine Claret is named for winemaker Bill Cooper's grandfather, R.V. Garrod and is the blend now known in current releases as the Test Pilot F-86 Sabre Jet.  This 2002 vintage is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, plus 24% Merlot and was originally released in February 2008:  "Rich garnet in the glass, leading into a nose reminiscent of dried plums, blueberries, raspberries, and - yes - dark grapes!  The palate finds ripe Bing cherries, lush berries laced with a kiss of cassis, and richly tanned leather with hints of fine pipe tobacco.  The velvety, smooth finish lingers with the wine's easily elegant structure."  $51/bottle ($40.80 Club members).