I like it, but falls within that amorphous crowd of similar other Napa Valley cabs that are very ripe (overripe), big (flaccid), dark, smokey, meaty. All so very much lacking a sense of place or style or balance that they are quickly boring. Too much for most food other than a charred piece of beef.
Great Cab, tried it with the Coravin a few weeks ago but opened the bottle with some family for Sunday dinner at it was great. We all really enjoyed to full smooth body. Second Cab I've had from Frank Family and they don't disappoint!
Dark royal purple with some rich maroon. Bold and mealy asking for a rich rare steak for company. Wood is apparent with vanilla caramel wrapping blackberry and ripe plums. Some iodine on the nose. The sweetness from the vanilla has a spice side. Interesting wine, presents as youthful. From the list, III Forks Austin.
Fruit and spice on the nose initially without much chemical volatility. Nice purple color, but not as thick and inky as we had hoped. Color indicates a lot of aging potential. Pepper with oak and simple fruit greets the first taste, and the expectation of additional fruit layers fills the mouth. Decanted for an hour...two...and the berry flavors surpass the oak and pepper, but layers are still holding back. Good age potential, but the complexity doesn't seem to be there for "greatness".
Perfect 90pt wine. Not big or bold or elegant but it has body, it has nose, and it has finish. Loved the subtlety of the nose and the legs but the smooth and balance play on fruit and dust mingled with the light tannins nicely. Perfect with lamb or pepper or coffee crusted steaks.
Yes yes yes! Triple yum! We frickin loved this napa can sav. Could be under the glow of a recent visit or the fact that this is written under the influence of two bottles but wow. Nothing wrong here. Great rich fruity pie. Black purple colour. Long finish. Buy more.
Bouquet of pure red fruits; tart cherry, cranberry, and a touch of rose. This wine is already incredibly approachable with lots of ripe semi-sweet fruitiness. Tannins are already mellow enough, but some cellar time will give this wine more finesse. A bit of oak on the finish lingers with the fruit. A good solid Napa Cab for under $50. Will improve with age.
Inky dark, almost black in the glass with aromas of cassis, black currant and a touch of violet. On the palate there’s a big mouth-feel and a finish that exceeds expectations — I timed it at a full minute. This is an open, friendly and generous Cabernet, slightly jammy with firm tannins that produce a pleasing puckering on the tongue.
Although lacking serious complexity, the wine expressed California Cabernet cleanly, with the oak dialed way back and the purity of the fruit at the fore. Went really well with food over two nights. Lovely stuff.
had at dinner with tri-tip,roasted red potatoes, needed to breathe initially. my second glass brought out ripe plum compote that mélange in harmony, enhanced by cedar and leather scents. The palate is lush with savory dark fruit and a hint of sweet oak and black pepper. The wine is well structured with soft tannins that envelop the palate.
I had 3 split bottles of this at BLT at the W hotel Atlanta. Not wow but really solid. Sweet, black hanging fuit, subtle tannins and a little racey. Pleasent long finish. Maybe it was so good because I was bathing in the glory of the 49ers victory? Probably. Still I bought 6 bottles more.
Dark purple. Nose of dark ripe fruits, cedar. Palate with beautiful dark berries, tobacco. Tannins minimal and soft. Really enjoyable. Not sure about long term potential, but who cares. It's delicious now!. Great value in the 30-40 dollar range.
Napa & Sonoma favorites in 3 short days...; 9/21/2012-9/24/2012 (Napa & Sonoma Valley wineries): Tasting room pour. Deep purple in color, nose offers up black cherry and black currant fruit, coupled with a bit of leather and slight rocky minerality. On the palate, nicely structured, showing off the blacj cherry and black currant fruit, as well as nicely balanced medium acidity and fine-grained med(+) tannins that are still a bit firm and persistent. This wine has a nice and pleasant finish that goes on for 30-45 seconds, and I believe this wine will drink nicely between 2014-2024. Always a dependable Napa Cab, with a sub $50 price point and loads of personality.
Its an ok napa cab, a bit disappointing for the price point, light to medium bodied, does not appear to have alot of complexity to it, finish was light, with that said, there was good fruit on the front, recalled more red berry notes, had some unique herbal notes, wine is still young but I do not sense that there is alot of upside. very high 80s to 90. -S
Smooth but not real deep and complex. Finish was dissapointing - not the long lasting finish that I prefer. I believe the 3% petit verdot closes the finish too soon. Decanted for one hour and drank over two. Improved a little over time but appears to be ready to pop and poor.
An Evening with Todd Graff of Frank Family Vineyards (Lincoln Park Binnys Tasting Room): Oh boy, now for the big guns. Todd Graff is bringing it with his cab lineup! The first of the three, the Napa Valley Cab exhibits red currant, some black tea, a streak of greenness and eucalyptus, subtle spice, and a fleshy, plump and long finish with plenty of tannin that is slightly rough at this stage. Nevertheless, this is a subtle, beautifully-constructed wine with plenty of concentration. Outstanding QPR. Beautiful.