Finally got around to popping and pouring this beauty --no pun intended. As another note mentioned, with fruit from two of the best vineyard sites (Conner Lee and Champoux) in WA I had big expectations for this 91% cab franc and 9% merlot version of a Right Banker. It did not disappoint in the least. What a gorgeous color of mashed up blackberries and raspberries. The nose was so floral I half expected to see Merlin Olsen hawking flowers at my doorstep. The interesting thing was when I first smelled it, it reminded me of any nose of a Copain syrah. Very floral, with restrained fruit, and no over the top new oak. Almost Old World in styling and elegance. Both red and black fruits dominated in the mouth with a tannic finish but not gripping enough to deter from the fruit. All in all a well made wine and it suited my mood perfectly. 91 pts.
Fruit forward and from some of the best WA vineyards but on day one it was dominated by way too much shrill oak. This situation calmed down considerably on night two. As the oak receded beautiful ripe and floral cab franc fragrances emerged. The palate just dripped with blueberries, currants and blackberries along with a rich layer of chocolate. Greenblanket was amazed by the big fruity richness that ran underneath the lovely new world cab franc perfume of this wine. Excellent or maybe even better but not this teletubby’s cup of tea.
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