It’s been a while since I drank some of this old perennial favorite. This vintage shows dark purple in the glass. On the nose- charcoal, blackberry and fig. The palate is very pleasant and easy drinking. There are blackberry notes, tar, wintergreen and crunchy tannins. They dry the gums immediately but not excessively. The mid palate is much the same, black fruits abound. The tannins really go the distance and lead me to the finish of blackberry pie meets a slate. There is quite a bit of minerality alongside the tannic thrust. The wine is well balanced and well made. There’s a reason I drank a crapload of it in the early days, it offers good value for money. Drink till 2025 with a nice NY Strip and creamed spinach. I’m going 88 points and 5 stars for $9. Salut….
Very dark purple in the glass. Bramble, creosote, black berries and blueberry jam on the nose. On the palate this is a tannic beast- full of dark fruits, young and brooding. It is laced with blackberries, toasty oak and mouth coating tannins. The midpalate has some telltale violets- the varietal shines thru. On the finish this wine offers black berries, more charred wood notes and those really grippy tannins. A touch young- it needs aerating or cellaring. Drink till 2027 with braised lamb, Moussaka or a thick steak. 91 points and 4 stars for this $40 Cab Franc. Salut….
What a way to ring in the New Year- this is a beauty that I opened from Magnum. I’m a huge fan of this wine and bought a three year vertical from the Barboursville winery years ago when I visited. I also drank it in regular size offerings on more than one occasion, writing about the 08 Cab Franc back in 2011.
Dark purple in the glass and still showing signs of youth. On the nose I get black currants, rich plum compote, a touch of oak and some Ribena. On the palate it is gorgeous. Black fruits galore, iodine, super smooth tannins and lithe acidity. The mid palate has notes of Kirsch, blackberry reduction. The finish is just a great tapering of the whole package- black fruits, gentle tannins, round acidity all ending up with a nice, balanced mouthfeel. 92 points and 4 stars as the wine is no longer readily available in regular format, $180 buys you a Magnum though. Drink till 2024 with all kinds of meat, think Filet, perhaps Moussaka and of course Pasta. I look forward to the next two bottles in the vertical. I am also thinking of buying newer vintages for the cellar, this one obviously did well in its evolution. Salut….
Very dark in the glass, somewhat murky. The nose is lush with plums, eucalyptus, bramble and fir tree. On the palate it echoes the flavors with delicious purple plum paste and fresh earthy herbs. A green note pops up on the mid palate which gives a bit of pique. The tannins are well integrated and the acidity shines through at the end. Green bitterness hits right on the back end which detracted me for a sec. I love the blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (84%) with the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The greenness I’m guessing is from the Verdot. Overall a very delicious, layered wine that drinks well now through 2022. 90 points and 4 stars for this $40 effort. Salut….
If you read much of my blogging you will know that I love this varietal. It exudes a softer sexier side to the Cabernet grape while showing off floral notes. This winery is where my son and I took a tour when we were in the Valley this past Spring. The wine is a crimson purple and has a stunning nose of blackberry and chocolate with some violet hints. Super smooth introduction of black and blue berries with a smidgen of oak and a tasty coating of lithe tannins. The mid palate is dark and brooding whilst the finish is decently long and caressing with tannic dryness and a touch of acidity. This is a super delicious wine which technically gets 91 points from me, bravo. 2015-2022. $28 make it a 4 star effort in my books. Salut….
I forgot to not the vintage and the picture does not show it so I am going with NV. I bought it at Costco for $17, but the winery advertises it at $70. Wow.
Anyway, I have tried the Jettlynn Cabernet Sauvignon before and was happy with it. I was looking forward to this bottle as it blends together many of my favorites, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah amongst the staples of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Purple hued with a nose of violets, blackberry jam and eucalyptus. A fresh and tannic intro of black berries, cinnamon, plum and orange peel. Young tannins are still integrating but it won’t stop you from popping it with some grilled lamb. Not much acidity, which makes me curious about its cellaring potential. 5 years?? 89 points and very tasty. For the $17 its a no-brainer 3 star wine. Get some if you see it for that price. Salut….
On my California grand adventure with my son, I managed to stop into a Whole Foods and take advantage of their sale on six packs of wine that day, they threw in a carrier for free!
I wanted a Chinon as soon as I saw the region represented. I was dying for a good Cabernet Franc, I figured the French would deliver. I was hoping for sexy, alluring violets, a dash of perfume, some silky tannins and perhaps a dollop of cassis for good measure. I was sadly disappointed. It was a lighter purple than expected with a very subtle nose of violets and damson. Light plums and some flower essence on the palate. The wine was dry yet not very tannic with a mid palate transition to darker berries and some acidity that is offset by some heat. Not an easy drinker nor was it my favorite flavor profile. 84 points and only 2 stars for this $16 effort. Pass and salut….
From the northern part of Sonoma comes this gem. My buddy brought it to the tasting and paid $38 for it. I was excited to try it as you know how I love the Franc.
We were outside by the fire pit so I could not really make out the color or clarity. The nose was gorgeous though. Violets and plum notes with a touch of oak on the first whiff. Fresh and bracing initial attack with flowers, cinnamon, plum torte and vanilla creme. Rich acidity and smooth tannins make for a long cellaring potential. This is a well made and deelish wine that gets 92 points from me. Well hidden 14.4% alcohol and a long finish make this a 5 star wine. Salut….
I will pre-empt this post with the fact that I only bought a six pack, silly me. Straight out of the bottle and into my glass for a lovely perfumed nose of violets, plums and cocoa. Fruity and full-on explosion of blue fruits, pomegranate, mint and raspberry that sort of surprised me. Full bodied and almost syrupy, this wine has texture. Fine grained tannins are well integrated and the balance is razor sharp. Wow, this is good Cabernet Franc, and you know how I love this varietal. 93 points from me (One of the pros gave it 92, close enough). 2014-2019 would be a great window to enjoy this powerful, structured wine. So easy to drink all by itself but it would pair beautifully with a lean cut of beef, perhaps coq-au-vin as well. This wine has a near perfect mouthfeel for me. Made by the famous Jonathan Maltus, this time from Napa Valley instead of his usual stomping grounds in Bordeaux. Who wouldn’t pay $25 for this wine? 5 stars for sure. Salut….