This was a very good wine, especially for the $25. I really enjoyed the Cab franc notes of graphite, earth and licorice that supported the raspberry, blackberry fruit. It was in a nice place age-wise, and did not require significant decanting.
Interesting bottle. Initially smelled of dusty basement, and old sweaty gym shoes. Blew off a bit to show restrained fruit, but never really became anything I loved. Blind I was guessing ~$20 South African bordeaux blend.
I tasted this at Wicked Cellars on 6/17/11. It had a terrific ripe and elegant bouquet of black cherry, raspberry, plum, pepper, sage, spice and cedar aromas. The palate was ripe, smooth and balanced with flavors that followed the nose.
It's great to see winemaking swing back towards subtlety and this is a good example. Drinking well now, but could easily age for several more years, this wine had ripe fruit but is never grapey or out of balance. Elegant, restrained, and well made.
Wonderful blueberry, sweet tobacco, and cedar on the nose. Ripe, rich and long on the palate, with additional flavors of tart raspberries, bell peppers, and fianlly some vanilla. Great value for the price point and I highly recommend.
Very interesting nose... a light floral aspect mixing with the copious red fruits present. Full flavor, nice firm tannins. Good structure and nicely balanced. After breathing the more Cab Franc-centric green notes start to come out on the nose which I like. A little green pepper and some fresh moist tobacco. Nice acidity on the clean finish. Good structure for aging and I could see this wine getting much better with time.