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93 • Ledson 2009 Cabernet Franc, Dry Creek Valley $52.
Garnet black color. Aromas of mocha custard and berry tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a gentle, dried cherry, rhubarb, and earth accented finish. A very nicely composed and elegant cabernet franc with great varietal character. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
93 • G. Marquis 2011 "The Silver Line", Cabernet Franc Icewine, Niagara Peninsula $39.95/200 ml.
Pale ruby color with a charcoal cast. Earth and slightly floral aromas of strawberries, cherries, and mulberries with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a watermelon candy, raspberry jam, baking spice, and honey finish. Tasty. (tasted on Jun-03-2013)
93 • Carr 2010 Camp Four Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley $30.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of craisins, chocolate mint, roasted pepper, incense, and leafy herbs with tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, fine tannin finish. Very flavorful and vibrant. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
92 • John Robert Eppler 2009 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley $55.
Ruby black color. Interesting aromas of lingonberry jam and dried eucalyptus leaf with silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, praline, creme brulee and fine tannin finish. A robust and well structured cabernet franc for sipping or the table. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
92 • Heron Hill Winery 2010 Ingle Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes $24.99.
Ruby color. Aromas of pomegranate chutney, toffee, and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, roasted pepper, cedar, grape leaf, and nut finish with superfine tannins. Lovely restraint and balance that bode well for pairings. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
92 • Maryhill 2010 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $16.95. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Rich aromas of chocolate, beet, herb, and berry pie with a supple dryish medium body and a savory roasted carrot and spiced nut finish. A lovely very balanced table wine with a great Old World character. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
92 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2011 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Alexander Valley $24.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of toasted olive bread, vanilla, chocolate nuts, and blueberry tart with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy craisin, mossy oak, vanilla, and peppery spice accented finish. Very nice acidity and earthiness for the table. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
92 • Tomasello 2010 Estate Reserve, "Palmaris", Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain $25.
Deep red with a brick red rim and lightly stained legs. Aromas of red cherries, wild strawberries, red bell peppers, crushed plums, red roses, and lingonberry. Soft and spicy, jam packed with cherry and savory herbs, mushroom duxelle, roast meat and black pepper. Wild and complex with the pure cherry notes carrying thru to the end along with herbs, heirloom tomato jam and mushroom. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
91 • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes $19.99. Sustainable Agriculture
Dark ruby color. Aromas of berries, nut brittle, sandalwood and spice with supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and long, tangy boysenberry and pepper finish with chewy tannin finish. A fine table wine with great varietal character. (tasted on Jan-12-2013)
91 • Château Hanteillan 2010 Haut-Médoc $23. Cellar Selection.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee bean, and dark berry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, nicely integrated finish with nut, olive and earth accented finish. An excellent table wine that will improve with timing. (tasted on Jul-09-2013)
90 • Barboursville 2010 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Virginia $24.99. Cellar Selection.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla nougat and frosted boysenberry pastry aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy blackberry, cedar, and dried leaf accented finish with fine chewy tannins. A nicely oaked, spot-on cabernet franc for the table. (tasted on Jan-11-2013)
90 • RoxyAnn 2009 Cabernet Franc, Rogue Valley $32.
Berry, creme fraiche and honeyed granola with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a roasted carrot and beet and dried sour cherry accented finish with very fine tannins. An excellent table companion. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
90 • Morais 2012 Cabernet Franc, Virginia $18. Best Buy.
Deep garnet with a light violet rim - a pretty wine. Nice nose, very old world earthy/gravely notes lead. Crushed strawberries and red licorice follow. Good length and nicely balanced flavors follow. Very earthy fine tannins. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
90 • Save Me, San Francisco 2011 "California 37", Cabernet Sauvignon, California $10.99. Best Buy.
Deep violet color. Aromas of menthol tobacco, incense, cocoa, poached pear, and cranberry jam with a silky, fruity medium body and a creamy nougat, herb, and pink peppercorn accented finish. Interesting mix of herbal and fruit forward characters. Serve with spicy Greek lamb and beef dishes. (tasted on Aug-16-2013)
89 • Bordeleau NV Cabernet Franc, Maryland $18.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of cherry pit, tomato leaf, and toffee with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy, grape leaf, nut, and dried berry finish. A nice dry savory table wine. (tasted on Jan-12-2013)
89 • Two Mountain 2009 Estate Grown, Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley $30. Cellar Selection.
Garnet black color. Rich aromas of dried berries and stone fruits, coconut yogurt, and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, blackberry and honeycomb finish with chewy tannins. A refreshing nice table wine. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
89 • Kitzke 2009 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $29.
Savory, herbal aromas of marinated cherries and tomatoes with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, blackberry, dolmades, and earth driven finish with dusty tannins. Nice poised and stylish. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
89 • Heron Hill Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Light ruby color. Aromas of roasted nuts, cherry skin, choco-mint, and clay with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a creamy chocolate mousse, praline, and incense accented finish. Great vibrant acidity for the table. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
89 • Maison Schröder & Schÿler 2011 Private Réserve, Médoc $14.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Lush aromas of chocolate and cassis pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, blackberry, melon, cedar and citrus accented finish. (tasted on Sep-30-2013)
88 • Heron Hill Winery 2010 "Classic Series", Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Ruby charcoal color. Aromas of dried berry, nougat, and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, cherry pit and peppercorn finish. A nice sipper or table wine. (tasted on Jan-12-2013)