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95 • Ledson 2011 Cabernet Franc, Dry Creek Valley $52.
Brick red color. Inviting aromas of cherry, plum, blackberry, and dried herbs with a soft, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, cherry, plum, boysenberry, and vanilla finish with light oak. Combines juicy plum and berry-cherry fruit with savory herb notes, generous, but not over-the-top fruit and a jammy, soft finish. (tasted on Aug-06-2014)
93 • Prix 2009 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley $60. Cellar Selection.
Opaque garnet violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mint fudge, sour cherry, and menthol with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy, chewy tannin and cedar finish. Great structure for the table, try with spicy lamb dishes. (tasted on Feb-17-2014)
93 • Jarvis 2010 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley $90.
Deep garnet black color. Subtly expressive aromas and flavors of white clay, gherkin, craisin, and chocolate nuts with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tangy pomegranate, dolmades, cedar, mocha, and delicate brown spice nuanced finish. Impressively layered, savory, and flavorful. Pair with prime rib or elk. (tasted on Feb-03-2014)
93 • Grande River Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Franc, Grand Valley $17.99. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Bright aromas of tomato and pepper jelly, cranberry sauce, pickled beets, and vanilla cream with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium length, honeyed nuts, earth, bubblegum spice, and flowers finish with light oak. A zesty and savory cabernet franc that will be fantastic with spicy meat dishes. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
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)
92 • Jarvis 2011 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, "Will Jarvis' Science Project", Napa Valley $135.
Dark garnet color. Attractive aromas of spumoni gelato, spicy gherkin, nougat, and suede with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy vanilla, roasted nut, and floral incense with ultra fine tannins. Uniquely flavorful and inviting. (tasted on Feb-03-2014)
92 • Hagafen 2011 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley $39.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of black olive, dried currant, sandalwood, and cashew with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, savory chocolate, mulberry, and hay finish. A great combination of table-friendly fruit, oak and terroir. (tasted on Feb-17-2014)
92 • Stinas Cellars 2008 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $22.
Dark ruby with a red brick rim. Mature aromas suggest dried currants, leather, olive, almond custard, and forest floor with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, pomegranate sorbet and silt accented finish with plush tannins. Drinking very well now with great varietal character and balanced oak. A great choice for filet mignon with mushrooms. (tasted on Feb-03-2014)
92 • Mackinaw Trail Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Michigan $24.
Garnet black color. Aromas of dried boysenberries, nougat, cherry cider, and putty with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy honeyed nut and cedar accented finish with fine leafy tannins. A very pure expression of cabernet franc for sipping or the table. (tasted on May-08-2014)
92 • Revolver Wine Company 2011 "The Fury", Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley $50.
Garnet color. Lush aromas of toffee, mocha frosting, and berry tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy sour cherry, roasted nut, and chocolate spiced pear accented finish. A delicious oaky sipper or table wine. (tasted on Jun-13-2014)
92 • Elk Run 2012 Cold Friday Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Linganore $26.61.
Brick red bronze color. Rich aromas of waxy honeycomb, prunes, vanilla bean, and craisins with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, marinated beets and tomatoes, toffee, and cedar finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A robust, earthy and savory expression of cabernet franc. Drink now. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
92 • Easley 2012 Cabernet Franc, American $14.95. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Bright aromas of vanilla toffee, citrus blossoms, and berry danish with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long, pickled beets, pomegranate, and herbs finish with medium tannins and light oak. A great spicy, herbal expression of cabernet franc that will sing at the table. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
91 • Heron Hill Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Ruby with a red brick rim. Aromas and flavors of berry pie, cola, red licorice, and delicate pickling herbs with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty, pomegranate, melon, and chocolate nut accented finish. A flavorful, refreshing red for all occasions. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)
91 • City Winery 2011 Alder Springs Vineyard, Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Mendocino $49. Kosher
Ruby garnet color. Mellow aromas of melted toffee, herbs, and honeycomb with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long, blackberry cobbler, nuts, slate, and blood orange finish with medium tannins and light oak. A well structured, smooth and appetizing cabernet franc that will shine at the table. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
90 • Pend d'Oreille 2010 Cabernet Franc, Washingotn $21.
Dark ruby with a fading rim. Aromas of cranberry compote, dill pickles, and ink with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, cocoa fudge, pepper, and fall leaves accented finish. Very nice varietal character. (tasted on Jan-20-2014)
90 • Magnotta 2012 Limited Edition, Cabernet Franc Icewine, Niagara Peninsula $54.95/375 ml.
Copper mahogany color. Aromas of stewed raisins and stone fruits and nougat with a supple, fruity sweet medium-full body and long, honey, pie peach, and spice finish. A delicious dessert in a glass. (tasted on Jun-13-2014)
90 • Hosmer 2012 Cabernet Franc, Cayuga Lake $18. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Mellow aromas of cocoa, pomegranate, and pickled peppers with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy, creme brulee, beets, and tomato finish with soft tannins and light oak. A stylish, nicely balanced cab franc. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
90 • Maryhill 2011 Proprietor's Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $24.95.
Brick red color. Lively aromas of red cherry, plum, wild strawberry, and baking spice with a soft, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long, blackberry, cherry skin, rhubarb-plum, and dried herbs finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Pretty notes of cherry and berry throughout are well complimented with a hint of dried herbs, understated oak and firm, but well-integrated tannic structure. (tasted on Aug-06-2014)
89 • Chateau Burgozone 2011 Cabernet Franc, Danube Plain $15. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate toffee, coffee, and toasty raspberry tart with supple fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy sour cherry, herb, and mineral accented finish with chewy fruit tannins. Very tasty, vibrant, and well balanced for sipping or the table. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)