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93 • Kenneth Volk 2006 Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles $36.
Deep garnet black color. Bright huckleberry pie and pencil shaving aromas follow through on a supple, soft entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-full body with rich layers of ripe berries, raisins, grilled pepper, and vanilla. Finishes with a raspberry, green peppercorn, and cherry compote fade. A delicious sipper or pair with honey baked ham. (tasted on Feb-05-2009)
91 • Jarvis 2004 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley $90.
Opaque garnet color. Subtle layered aromas of baked berries, tomato tart, and peppered proscuitto follow through on a rich entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with orange marmalade and raw nuts accents and a long voluptuous mineral accented fade with pliable, dusty tannins. A fantastic table wine to pair with osso bucco. (tasted on Feb-05-2009)
90 • Elk Run 2007 Cold Friday Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Maryland $20.99.
Rich German chocolate cake, green olive, and blackberry pie aromas are attractive and follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with pencil shaving and sweet spice notes. Finishes with lovely toasted coconut, mossy earth, and tangy berry fade. A delicious sipper or pair with grilled pork tenderloins. (tasted on Feb-05-2009)
89 • Ironstone 2006 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Sierra Foothills $28. Cellar Selection.
Dark praline, boysenberry coulis,and pickled beet aromas follow through on a round entry to a medium body with tangy red cherry fruit, mint, and cocoa notes. Finishes with crisp, cinnamon, herb, and honey fade with firm dusty tannins. A very nice table wine; serve with lamb. (tasted on Feb-10-2009)
88 • Rotta Winery 2004 Dino Boneso Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles $22.
Baked raspberry, cranberry and tomato aromas and flavors on a supple dryish medium body with notes of fig, spice, mint custard. Finishes with a crisp, refreshing fade. Very nice. (tasted on Feb-05-2009)
83 • Ironstone 2006 Cabernet Franc, Lodi $10.
Baked berry, scorched nuts, and musty root vegetable and earth aromas follow through on brisk, soft entry to a fruity light-to-medium body with sulfury boiled egg, blackened fish skin, and raspberry jelly on toast notes. Finishes with a quick, honey and rhubarb accented fade. (tasted on Feb-10-2009)
83 • Heron Hill 2006 Ingle Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes $24.99.
Aromas of iron rail, spiced nuts, and blueberry jam. A brisk, somewhat sharp entry leads to a dryish medium body with tart raw cranberry, tea bag, and green peppercorn notes. Finishes with a powdery metal dust and mossy twig fade. (tasted on Feb-05-2009)
81 • Treleaven 2006 Cabernet Franc, New York State $14.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Brilliant ruby color. Aromas of scorched nuts and earth and brown butter sautéed tomatoes and root vegetables follow through on a soft, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with tangy pomegranate jelly and pewter notes. Finishes with a smoked nut and lightly phenolic twig and mineral ore accented fade. Rustic; try with wild turkey or goat. (tasted on Feb-05-2009)