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93 • G. Marquis 2011 "The Silver Line", Cabernet Franc Icewine, Niagara Peninsula $39.95/200 ml.
Pale ruby color with a charcoal cast. Earth and slightly floral aromas of strawberries, cherries, and mulberries with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a watermelon candy, raspberry jam, baking spice, and honey finish. Tasty. (tasted on Jun-03-2013)
93 • Carr 2010 Camp Four Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley $30.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of craisins, chocolate mint, roasted pepper, incense, and leafy herbs with tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, fine tannin finish. Very flavorful and vibrant. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
93 • Prix 2009 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley $60. Cellar Selection.
Opaque garnet violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mint fudge, sour cherry, and menthol with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy, chewy tannin and cedar finish. Great structure for the table, try with spicy lamb dishes. (tasted on Feb-17-2014)
93 • Jarvis 2010 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley $90.
Deep garnet black color. Subtly expressive aromas and flavors of white clay, gherkin, craisin, and chocolate nuts with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tangy pomegranate, dolmades, cedar, mocha, and delicate brown spice nuanced finish. Impressively layered, savory, and flavorful. Pair with prime rib or elk. (tasted on Feb-03-2014)
92 • Heron Hill Winery 2010 Ingle Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes $24.99.
Ruby color. Aromas of pomegranate chutney, toffee, and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, roasted pepper, cedar, grape leaf, and nut finish with superfine tannins. Lovely restraint and balance that bode well for pairings. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
92 • Maryhill 2010 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $16.95. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Rich aromas of chocolate, beet, herb, and berry pie with a supple dryish medium body and a savory roasted carrot and spiced nut finish. A lovely very balanced table wine with a great Old World character. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
92 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2011 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Alexander Valley $24.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of toasted olive bread, vanilla, chocolate nuts, and blueberry tart with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy craisin, mossy oak, vanilla, and peppery spice accented finish. Very nice acidity and earthiness for the table. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
92 • Tomasello 2010 Estate Reserve, "Palmaris", Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain $25.
Deep red with a brick red rim and lightly stained legs. Aromas of red cherries, wild strawberries, red bell peppers, crushed plums, red roses, and lingonberry. Soft and spicy, jam packed with cherry and savory herbs, mushroom duxelle, roast meat and black pepper. Wild and complex with the pure cherry notes carrying thru to the end along with herbs, heirloom tomato jam and mushroom. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
92 • Jarvis 2011 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, "Will Jarvis' Science Project", Napa Valley $135.
Dark garnet color. Attractive aromas of spumoni gelato, spicy gherkin, nougat, and suede with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy vanilla, roasted nut, and floral incense with ultra fine tannins. Uniquely flavorful and inviting. (tasted on Feb-03-2014)
92 • Hagafen 2011 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley $39.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of black olive, dried currant, sandalwood, and cashew with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, savory chocolate, mulberry, and hay finish. A great combination of table-friendly fruit, oak and terroir. (tasted on Feb-17-2014)
92 • Stinas Cellars 2008 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $22.
Dark ruby with a red brick rim. Mature aromas suggest dried currants, leather, olive, almond custard, and forest floor with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, pomegranate sorbet and silt accented finish with plush tannins. Drinking very well now with great varietal character and balanced oak. A great choice for filet mignon with mushrooms. (tasted on Feb-03-2014)
91 • Château Hanteillan 2010 Haut-Médoc $23. Cellar Selection.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee bean, and dark berry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, nicely integrated finish with nut, olive and earth accented finish. An excellent table wine that will improve with timing. (tasted on Jul-09-2013)
91 • Heron Hill Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Ruby with a red brick rim. Aromas and flavors of berry pie, cola, red licorice, and delicate pickling herbs with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty, pomegranate, melon, and chocolate nut accented finish. A flavorful, refreshing red for all occasions. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)
90 • Save Me, San Francisco 2011 "California 37", Cabernet Sauvignon, California $10.99. Best Buy.
Deep violet color. Aromas of menthol tobacco, incense, cocoa, poached pear, and cranberry jam with a silky, fruity medium body and a creamy nougat, herb, and pink peppercorn accented finish. Interesting mix of herbal and fruit forward characters. Serve with spicy Greek lamb and beef dishes. (tasted on Aug-16-2013)
90 • Pend d'Oreille 2010 Cabernet Franc, Washingotn $21.
Dark ruby with a fading rim. Aromas of cranberry compote, dill pickles, and ink with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, cocoa fudge, pepper, and fall leaves accented finish. Very nice varietal character. (tasted on Jan-20-2014)
89 • Heron Hill Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Light ruby color. Aromas of roasted nuts, cherry skin, choco-mint, and clay with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a creamy chocolate mousse, praline, and incense accented finish. Great vibrant acidity for the table. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
89 • Maison Schröder & Schÿler 2011 Private Réserve, Médoc $14.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Lush aromas of chocolate and cassis pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, blackberry, melon, cedar and citrus accented finish. (tasted on Sep-30-2013)
89 • Chateau Burgozone 2011 Cabernet Franc, Danube Plain $15. Best Buy.
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate toffee, coffee, and toasty raspberry tart with supple fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy sour cherry, herb, and mineral accented finish with chewy fruit tannins. Very tasty, vibrant, and well balanced for sipping or the table. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)
88 • Jarvis 2008 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley $95. Cellar Selection.
Deep purple garnet color. Aromas of honeyed cherries, mulberries and nuts with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, earthy tannin finish. This needs a little time. (tasted on Apr-25-2013)
88 • Yorkville 2010 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands $28. Organically Grown Grapes|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Interesting aromas of sour cherry and candle wax with a supple, dry-yet fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate juice, sweet tangerine, coconut, and spiced nut finish with powdery tannins. A lively wine to serve with lamb. (tasted on Jul-08-2013)