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….
If you have read my older posts, you will know that I love Cabernet Franc…..just not this particular one. It, is, alright. Nothing more, nothing less. I was really excited about this wine and had to open two bottles now to form my opinion, average. I can smell the alcohol (14.2%) and perhaps some dry blueberry. On the palate, rough tannins and very little fruit. Did I catch this wine in a dumb faze? I hope so- and am willing to cellar some for a while. Without further wafting, I am dispatching this wine with a 1 star provisional rating. Yup, a major pass at this point- but I will re-taste it in a year or so. Perhaps an 85 pointer???? But for the price, there’s far better out there.