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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+
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.