2018 Leo Steen Cabernet Franc Ascona Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains

Cabernet Franc

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
Drink between 2020 - 2026 (Edit)
CT91 6 reviews
Label borrowed from 2017
Label borrowed from 2016

Community Tasting Notes 4

  • golfwine wrote: 93 points

    September 24, 2021 - This was the most fruit forward of my three bottles and so, I’m sad it was my last. Fruit forward only by the benchmark of the natural, low alcohol wines I’ve gravitated towards but by no means fruity or modern. I’m quite impressed with this wine, as I am with many of Leo’s that we experienced back in February. Time for a tasting room visit, with the intent to stock up on more of this.

  • joraesque wrote: 91 points

    September 24, 2021 - This got better with every new sip, showcasing a strong component reminiscent of some California mountain fruit with a little age to it... 13.7% ABV.

  • golfwine wrote: 92 points

    July 11, 2021 - I feel like this has developed some complexity with the additional months in the bottle because the fruit was brighter and the entire experience was more in balance; more fully integrated. And so, another point.
    Whereas, I first thought I’d wished I got 6 Grenache instead 3 & 3 of that and these, I’m now wishing I got 6 of these.

  • golfwine wrote: 91 points

    March 10, 2021 - I’m amazed at how one captures so much fruit in the aromatics (and color), yet manage to keep it so in-check i.e., restrained, in the flavor profile. These are definitely food wines, which is one reason I sought you out.
    My meal now complete and so, left alone with the balance of the sip and analyze, I find myself longing for the herbal earthiness that I love so much in French wines (I believe they refer to it as garigue?).
    ...and I just realized that it’s taken me 20+ years to accept that the climate and so, fruit grown here is so kissed by the California sun that (short of the strong effort in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA), garigue can never be an inherent characteristic of domestic wines.
    Awesome effort! Cheers Leo.

    1 person found this helpful Comment

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type Red
  • Producer Leo Steen
  • Varietal Cabernet Franc
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Ascona Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 21 (66%)
  • Consumed 11 (34%)

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