2009 Tusk Estates Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2015 - 2027 (Edit)
CT94 1 review

Community Tasting Notes 1

  • csimm1161 wrote: 94 points

    September 9, 2017 - Tasted at the House of Tusk Celebration event.

    100% Cabernet Franc that was originally considered for blending into the Estate wine (which never ended up happening). Instead, Melka bottled this on its own. This was served after/alongside the 2014 Tusk Cabernet Sauvignon, which came off as a different wine altogether (not shockingly so).

    Notes of black and red fruit (black cherry dominant), black and red currant, cassis, tobacco leaf, and hints of earth and leather. Fairly lively, with a nice acidic (but smooth) drive and energetic grip. I found it to be in a better place than the 2014 Tusk, but with 5 years of maturity under its belt, this was no surprise. I prefer the overall flavor profile of the Cabernet Sauvignon, but this was an interesting addition and offered some contrast given the varietal and vintage differences.

    93-94? points for me, primarily because I'm not totally sold on the notion that a 100% Cabernet Franc is the best idea (which is likely why it never went out direct to consumer).

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Tusk Estates
  • Varietal Cabernet Franc
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • In Cellars 24 (15%)
  • Consumed 136 (85%)

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