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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 3 
TypeRed
ProducerMichael-David Vineyards (web)
VarietyCabernet Franc
DesignationInkblot
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionCentral Valley
AppellationLodi
UPC Code(s)7652235100326

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2017 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.8 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 25 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by nigelwags on 7/3/2015: Full fruit, robust & opulent; full mouth feel; paired nicely with lamb (40 views)
 Tasted by rsed on 9/24/2014 & rated 92 points: dark delicious, full body, hint of sweetness, would buy again (1027 views)
 Tasted by K-Web24 on 7/18/2014 & rated 89 points: Inky black color as is common for a Cab Franc from MD. Very tight the first night with a muted nose and palate. We let it breath overnight and the wine opened up nicely the next day when we tried it again. The nose now showed subtle hints of cinnamon, cloves, and black plum. The palate shined with black fruits with a medium to semi-long finish. Would definitely purchase again now knowing that it needs a good long decant before drinking. (1235 views)
 Tasted by nocoretiree on 6/30/2014 & rated 91 points: Different/contradictory f other Cab Francs we've tried. As per most Michael-David wines, fully-extracted grapes--inky appearance as expected: hints of chocolate, mocha, black licorice, spicy/nutmeg. Constant full-bodied mouth of fruit--eleganty luscious. Long finish. Would compliment a variety of dishes; in our case flank steak fajitas with guacamole, spanish rice. 15.2 alcohol and fruit-forwardness is all well-integrated and it works well. Highly recommend, though not inexpensive in high $30's. Style will not appeal to all. Drinking quite well now, we just let breathe for 20 minutes or so. (1291 views)
 Tasted by therhonestore on 1/18/2014 & rated 86 points: Deep purple color, clear. Young and big aromas of dark chocolate, black olive, raspberry ganache, and heat. Full body with tart acid, with unripe plum, oak, sweet char, stony mineral, and dark flowers. Long finish. (1537 views)
 Tasted by cucycling on 12/26/2013: a musty earthyness that made me think it was taking a turn for the worse... no score (1946 views)
 Tasted by bjamesclark on 12/25/2013 & rated 92 points: Very similar to the '09 bold, rich and hedonistic.
Dark, opaque and inky purple in color, High viscosity leaves purple stained legs slow to fall.
An enormous nose. this wine needs time to open up...
after allowing to breath rich purple, black and blue fruits of plum, huckleberry, reduced blueberry and blackberry are well seasoned with darker aromas of black licorice, charcoal smoke, tar and spice.
On the palate anise laced plum, blackberry liquor, creme de casis, violets, smoke, espresso, cardamom and clove spice, with hints of balsamic. The acid is moderate as are the fine ripe tannins. the finish is long and loaded with spice can notes and dripping in melted back licorice. (1171 views)
 Tasted by manny651 on 3/9/2013 & rated 89 points: Nice cab franc, pretty nose, fruity palate with soft tannins (1853 views)
 Tasted by austinbeeman on 2/13/2013 & rated 92 points: I struggled with this rating, because this is a wine with absolutely no Cabernet Franc typicality. Eventually, it scored high because it is a great wine, but please put away any idea that this tastes like Cab Franc.

Very big, black-purple color. The aromas are bloody bacon fat, black plums, melted dates, and charred lingoberries. All this flavors come back on the 'oh-so-sexy' palate. This the wine equivalent of "Bacon Jam" - where someone is trying to sell you the scrapings from the bottom of the frying pan, but it is very delicious. The finish lingers for a very long time and starts to get pleasantly dusty.

$39.99 OH retail
www.austinbeeman.com (1680 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 1/4/2013 & rated 85 points: Very dark ruby color; toasty oak, mocha, licorice pastilles, smoky black fruit nose; tight, smoky tart black fruit, mocha, tar palate indicating overly oaky treatment of ripe fruit; medium-plus finish (15.2% alcohol; 17 mos in French oak; 3.45 pH; sample provided by winery) (696 views)
 Tasted by Giggs on 11/27/2012 & rated 91 points: Quite young now and not as approachable as the 2009 was at this time last year. Comparatively, the 2010 has more candied sweetness on the nose, giving primary grape and cotton candy aromas (purple grape hard candy) and less mesquite and BBQ notes. It adds black slate, sweet molasses, dark chocolate shavings, black licorice, and road tar/asphalt. Palate is closed down with green tea tannins at the moment, but there is nice mineral-laced black plum and bitter blueberry behind the tannins, although the fruit is clearly greener and less concentrated than the 2009. Should improve with medium-term cellaring; try 2014-2018. 91+ (1736 views)
 Tasted by mklasing on 10/30/2012 & rated 92 points: This wine is an amazing fruit bomb! If you like rich fruity Cab Franc this is for you. If you like traditional French Cab Franc you may not like this wine. I thought it was amazing with steak. Rich dark cherry and plum flavors with a hint of chocolate. (1387 views)

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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/4/2013)
(Michael-David Vineyards Cabernet Franc Inkblot) Very dark ruby color; toasty oak, mocha, licorice pastilles, smoky black fruit nose; tight, smoky tart black fruit, mocha, tar palate indicating overly oaky treatment of ripe fruit; medium-plus finish (15.2% alcohol; 17 mos in French oak; 3.45 pH; sample provided by winery)  85 points
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California

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California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Central Valley

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Lodi

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