Really good CF, but to me this bottle sings after 48 hours open! Nose of deep red-purple fruits, with some dust. Palate, those deep red fruits come bursting through, sharp redcurrant, cranberries, loganberries, maybe a hint of red cherry. Keen acidity quickly kicks in and adds to the sparkling flavours, staying sharp and alive through a long moutwatering finish with violets and raspberries, with a long aftertaste of the red / dark red fruits. Tannins pretty integrated by now. Two days ago, an hour after opening, there was a lot more tannin, and stronger flavour, b ut not as subtle or integrated. I recommend cellaring this beauty for 5 years minimum, and maybe 10-20 depending on taste.
Purple with a garnet tinge. Nose of cherry cola, earth, and warm oak. Medium bodied, cranberries, blackberries, green peppers, well integrated tannins, mint, smoke, herbs, a bit of heat, and a medium to long slightly tart finish. Not overly vegetal like a Liore CF, and very enjoyable.
Drinking very well, oak well-integrated, structure very accessible. Consistent with prior notes. Very similar to coastal Pinot Noir. Cherry, raspberry and spice. Very pretty nose. Finish displays a bit of the oak tannin, plus there is some perplexing heat though this is not a heavy, alcoholic style. Holds it back a little, though not really a flaw.
Started off very tight but with half an hour of decanting it was starting to show much better. Toward the end of the bottle, even better with berry and eucalyptus and maybe a touch of bell pepper. Plenty of spice. Excellent. Leave the other one until at least 2015.
Not at all what I was expecting from a cab franc. As cabfrancophile noted, this drinks rather like a California Pinot Noir. in that light it is pretty decent. Don't look to this wine for a dense Bordeaux style.
Consistent with prior note, though it seems to have rounded out a bit. Med/low acid with mild tannin. Very much in the style of a lush CA Pinot, but with well ripened Franc profile. Very subtle herbal and olive nuances present. Lovely stuff. For me I think it'll be best in the next few years given its balance point.
Mix of earthier tones and new oak on the nose--candied ginger, tobacco, black cherry, violets and cinnamon oil. Fairly linear in flavor with refreshing acidity and moderate tannin. More sweet cherries followed by olive on the palate that finishes with good length. Fairly fruit driven in sum, but with layering of additional nuances. Best part is the aromas here. Certainly not a crime to drink now for youthful exuberance given approachability of structure. As good as this is, I do wonder a bit what it would be like with some Cab S for austere tannins and darker fruit to offset the cherry veering to the candied side and/or Merlot to broaden the mid-palate.
this is an amazing wine. Will age for years, if not decades!
Right now: Vegetal nose: like a field, smells of Spring. Remarkable front, olives, redcurrants. a little alcohol up the nose. I said little more because I loved it so much. It had so much more going on in the mid-palate than the (07 Rasmussen Napa Cab), very fresh red fruit, complex.. mmmmmmm, and not short, although the cab of course had more weight and back end but without that amazing talkative middle.