Tasting Notes for Franklin 10

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Red
2/22/2020 - Franklin 10 wrote:
90 points
Still fresh raspberry fruit but not the body and structure to suggest a ling life (as others have said).

Nice but less fruit than many W-S offerings and other producer’s Hirsch Vineyard wines. Chalk it up to the vintage.
White - Sparkling
2/18/2020 - Franklin 10 wrote:
92 points
Crisp and clean with citrus and light yeast notes. Tight bubbles. Could drink this stuff every day and feel lucky. Sick qpr. Thanks, Paul! 92+
Red
2/9/2020 - Franklin 10 wrote:
92 points
youthful fruit, well balanced. better day 2. 92+
Red
2/5/2020 - Franklin 10 wrote:
87 points
Underripe typical of valley floor wines of the vintage Has it’s place in our house accompanying spicy and savory dishes like tonight’s curry chicken soup.
Red
1/20/2020 - Franklin 10 wrote:
93 points
Nicely balanced and structured new world Sangiovese in a good drinking window. Would buy again.
Red
1/10/2020 - Franklin 10 Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice cool climate Malbec not overdone and interesting range from floral, purple fruit and mineral notes. Sl dusty tannins. Not sure this will improve. Poor qpr.
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Red
1/10/2020 - Franklin 10 wrote:
87 points
Loads of sediment as someone mentioned. Nice fruit and tannin but a bit over extracted and a touch boozy for me (maybe suffered following champers and a lighter bodied Chardonnay).

A “Cabernet lovers Malbec”.
Red
2007 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/25/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
Secret Santa gift we enjoyed on Christman day.

Better as a cocktail and at cellar temperature. This is delicious but a bit too large-scaled and alcoholic with dinner (beef Wellington) so the 2000 Staglin Estate CS was preferred by all partakers.

Kept under cork in the refrigerator for 2 days, it has held up well and makes for a nice indulgent Holiday week lunch of leftovers.

I'll be in no rush with my one bottle from the 2010 vintage and think about sharing with friends on a chilly, wintery evening.
Red
12/25/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
94 points
Opened 2 h before Christmas dinner (beef wellington). Nice balance and concentration for this Oakville CS. Still-fresh floral component with layers of dark fruit and mineral lift made this a table favorite and it disappeared first. Not showing significant tertiary development, similar bottles will likely continue to drink well through the 25th anniversary. Terrific product from this reliable producer, I'm a fan.
Red
2005 Château La Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/16/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
11/24/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
95 points
This has settled nicely. Carmenere dominated, nicely concentrated while remaining elegant. In a great place with a few years to go.
Red
11/10/2019 - Franklin 10 Likes this wine:
93 points
Outstanding and terrific value. Moderate concentration and excellent balance, early tertiary notes, medium-long finish. Turning the corner but lots of life left.
Red
2005 De Toren Fusion V Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/10/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
91 points
Excellent. Mature, tertiary fruit and wood notes. Remains balanced. Best after about 30minutes of air and held for 3+ hours. Would plan to drink in the next year if I had more.
Red
11/2/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
92 points
Restaurant purchase (Thai). Excellent balance with concentrated fruit And a touch of green vegetal notes. Loved it, would buy again. Better after open an hour.
Red
10/5/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
94 points
Decanted 2 hours. Generous floral and berry nose, typical W-S juiciness and balance. In a great spot, good for another 5+ years and may improve.
Red
8/17/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
89 points
Nice concentration. Not the fine balance or layered complexity of the best Beekeeper Zins. Fruit holding up, no rush.
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White
8/14/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
Evolved over 3 hour dinner. Fantastic with grilled red fish. Still life but may not improve.
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Red
8/9/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
86 points
A little late on this bottle. Best after ~30 minutes and faded in the 2nd hour. Nice with grilled steak and veggies. Drink up.
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Red
8/3/2019 - Franklin 10 Likes this wine:
92 points
Fresh nose. Concentrated, clean cherry fruit. Well balanced. Great now, better in 5 years.
White
7/14/2019 - Franklin 10 Likes this wine:
90 points
Served chilled. Continues to show great balance with meyer lemon rounded off with flesh fruit notes. Delightful summer quaff.
Red
7/4/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
Big styled and a hedonistic success. Sl shift to wilting flower and dusty fruit. Drink now and look for more prominent tertiary development over the next 3-7 years.
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Red
7/4/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
Has integrated nicely since my other bottle in 2017. Paired well with Pan seared, oven finished NY Strip and chimichurri. Higher toned for CS tending toward red fruit with pyrazine edge.

Not a blockbuster vintage that’s not everyone’s thing or always necessary. Nice effort. Would not expect this cooler vintage to make old bones, consider drinking now thru 2023.
Spirits
6/28/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
Nasturtium, star anise, compote, Christmas spice. Great concentration with balance: tiny, tiny sips only. Gorgeous.
Red
6/9/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
flawed
corked badly
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Red
6/6/2019 - Franklin 10 Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow, that was a great mid week bottle. Depth of fruit, hint of pepper, perfect balance and seamless from attack to finish.

No sense that this window will close soon but why wait?
Red
Pretty tight with teeth peeling acidity after 4h decanting (though did enjoy a glass with pasta curls in creamy peas and morel sauce). Three days corked in fridge and pure fruit with nice balance and fine tannin. Quite nice. Not a lot of Burg experience but if scoring, 91+.
Red
5/16/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
94 points
Decanted 4 hours. Paired with pan roasted chicken breast and morel sauce.

Effusive bouquet cherry and spring flower blossoms. Medium weight with great balance and sense of purity on the palate with broad cherry, floral and bramble flavors. Medium finish.

This is in a great place and showing no fatigue. It should cruise for a decade and likely gain complexity. Moving my drink by to 2030.
Red
4 hours decant. Medium body with excellent balance and floral, fruit, and subtle bramble.

Great example of New World Pinot Noir. Will hold nicely and gain nuance for a decade.
Red
4/23/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
93 points
open an hour then paired with chili-lime ora king salmon over wilted greens.

1st one a year ago was corked. this bottle was a real treat.

well integrated and settled in but no signs of aging. generous fruit and floral nose, cherry and some dark herbaceous touch on the palate that lingered and layered well with the fish. everything in glorious balance.

fine now, no rush (thru 2024+)
Red
4/20/2019 - Franklin 10 Likes this wine:
91 points
There’s a bit of old socks funk on opening but the fruit is still present, tho mature, and layered with dried flowers.

For mine, will try to finish up over the next 3-5 years.

Quite nice. 90-92.
Red
3/22/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
After 3 hours slo-ox this one was really singing. From memory, cassis and other blue/black berries, nice balance, integrated if slightly drying tannin and medium-long finish.

Very nice now, early drinking window. No rush but probably not a long aging wine. Now thru 2024.
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White - Sparkling
3/14/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
Small bubbles, clean, linear, and refreshing. Touch of brioche brought out by the gnudy in our first course.

Beautiful, young Champagne. Very nicely done and I expect it will have a long life (-2035+).
Red
3/14/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
92 points
Uncorked an poured off a glass and it was ready to go so it rested in the bottle for an hour without decanting.

Nice concentration with balance. Cassis, earth, graphite. Drinks above its price. Doubt much upside to waiting longer.
White - Sparkling
2/27/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
flawed
Auction purchase. I think maderized. Dark yellow, low bubbles, oxidative in the nose. Brioche, honey, and lemon on the palate.

If scoring, 86.
Red
2/15/2019 - Franklin 10 Likes this wine:
94 points
Great Carménère dominated blend. Dark cassis with green pepper evolved to peppery molé over the course of our meal. Balanced and integrated. Long finish.

Drink now, good 5+ years.
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White
2/13/2019 - Franklin 10 Likes this wine:
92 points
Pop and pour. Plenty of body without weight. Ripe lemon, custard, butterscotch. Enough acid. Medium finish.

Great with creamy parmesan shrimp pasta.

Ready to go, good for 2+ years.

Excellent, 92+.
White
2/13/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
94 points
Pop and pour then enjoyed over the course of a sunny day.

We really enjoyed this. Citrus and mineral flavors backed seamlessly by saline and toast, cleansing acidity. Nice out of the bottle but shone with snacks of lightly salted nuts.

First of three, will be hard to keep my hands off but should last well 3-5 years.
Red
2003 Château Les Ormes de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/2/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
84 points
The good is a pleasant flowery nose and persistent fruit with pleasant cedar notes. However, the fruit is pushed aside by the tannin and the mouth feel is unbalanced toward acidity on the palate.

Wish I could imagine this would pair with burgers or pizza now or that the components will integrate with time.
Red
1/25/2019 - Franklin 10 wrote:
92 points
Happy find from a cellar clearing effort to drink what we shouldn’t keep any longer.

Noticable EtOH but otherwise a great bottle. Dark fruit with floral and mineral notes, plenty of complexity in the mix which lingers.

Youthful adulthood and in great shape. Good for 2-5 years.
92+
Red
1/20/2019 - Franklin 10 Likes this wine:
92 points
Pop and pour. Still nice fruit present (big fan of Black Sears, at the top of Howell Mt.). Well settled but not past a nice drinking window. Delicious, pushed my drink-by date to 2020 but likely have my last this year.
Red
Pop and pour. Well balanced, slight fresh flower and funky minerality with good concentration of blue fruit and a bit of pucker. Nice suprise. Ready now but no rush, pushed my drink by day out to 2020
Red
Bricking rim and tired. Tasted every bit of 18 years old. Possibly poor provenance, nr.
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Red
12/30/2018 - Franklin 10 Likes this wine:
93 points
From magnum. Slo-ox x 3 h then consumed over 3 h.

This really rocked. Medium body, layered fruit, integrated and nicely balanced.

No tertiary development and plenty of time left in this format.
Red
12/26/2018 - Franklin 10 wrote:
94 points
1h slo ox to blow off funk and ready to go with still present but nicely transformed fruit, touch of dusty tannin, lingeringfinish. Paired well with the savory and tender Beef Wellington.

No reason to hold longer from my standpoint.
Red
12/26/2018 - Franklin 10 wrote:
92 points
Suprisingly open for business with 2+ hours of air. Great floral and fruit notes, well done with restraint and class. I expect it will improve and am changing my optimal drinking window to 2021-2029.

92 today
Red
12/18/2018 - Franklin 10 Likes this wine:
92 points
Slo-ox for 1.5 hours. Pleasant florals, cassis on the nose. Medium bodied, dark fruit with a bit of green branch and drying tannin on palate.

Surprisingly good for the vintage. My first “Core” and leaves me thinking that if these guys can do this in 2011, maybe worth seeking out a 2010, or 2013.

Will hold my second bottle for intermediate term (drink by 2023). 92+
Red
12/9/2018 - Franklin 10 wrote:
91 points
Dark cherry bramble touch of fine silted earth.

Lovely and great qpr. Should drink well for years.
Red
Mid maturity, really in a sweet spot. Tertiary notes of leathery dried currant, cigar box and tea leaves. Likely good for a few years still if this was a representative bottle.

I was a little worried on opening with some indication of seepage but no problems, thankfully. 94-95
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