This Cabernet Franc is from their 2006 vintage. I purchased this wine when I was there for a visit, this was a possible selection for Wine Blogging Wednesday, but another wine beat it out. There were 214 cases produced. It was aged for 16 months in new French Oak. This was rated 86 in Wine Spectator. It was also a Platinum Medal Winner in the Critics Challenge International Wine Competition.
On the nose I was getting a ton of fruit. Lots of ripe raspberry some currants and cherry just a hint of plum was showing. There was some spice there to, subtle and flavorful spice, not a hot spice. There was some green herbal notes showing as well
The taste was even better, loads of sour cherry, raspberry and some prune and cranberry. There was some earthy tones along with some dried herb and a touch of oak. There were some big tannins in this wine, but they were balanced out nicely with the acidity that let this be a fruit forward wine.
This is a Medium body wine that has a very dry finish. It lasts for a while with some hints of coca and a touch of green herb. It has a “mouth-watering” finish. I really enjoyed that part. I kept wanting to take more sips of this wine. I was a piece of chocolate with this wine and I am not a chocolate fan.
Due to the fact that I was tasting so many wines, I need a break. I went back 3 days later to see where this wine was. What a surprise. There were more blackberry and black cherry aroma’s jumping out at me. And the taste of it was even better. I was getting more of my favorite green elements, fresh herbal notes like fresh basil and oregano on the finish.
I would recommend this wine to everyone. The only drawback was the price, $34.99, but again, because of the aging of this wine and what it was aged in (New French Oak), it is justifiable. If you do pick up this wine, please be sure to pop the cork at least one hour before you serve it with dinner. If you can, and you have one, decant this wine. By doing so, you will bring out all of the possibilities of this wine. You will not be disappointed.