2008 was a tough and challenging vintage. 2009 was the same but it was longer, therefore most vineyards were able to hang their fruit and let it ripen longer in hopes that they could extract the most out of their clusters.
Martha Clara Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Franc ($22) brings a well mixed bag of fruit, spice and earthy herbs, with dried herbs taking the lead.
The nose brings your traditional Cabernet Franc aroma’s raspberry, cherry, and earthy spice. The cherry stands out bit more at first. Then a dried mix of herbs stands out with some smoke and a hint of brown sugar to round out the nose.
The palate brings more earthy, spice notes with more dried herbal notes. Cherry and raspberry take a back seat on the palate. Bright acidity with smooth tannins that are well-integrated into the wine. It was balanced with a finish of coca powder, mint and subtle cherry.
Sláinte!*I received this bottle as a sample from the vineyard