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94 • Rooster Hill 2009 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes $19.99. Best Buy.
Interesting aromas of floral incense, white clay, milk chocolate, and spicy pomegranate chutney with a supple, silky, dry-yet-fruity medium and a long, vibrantly tart cranberry, Meyer lemon, lime leaf, and cedar accented finish. Great zesty acidity and freshness will liven any dish; try with ginger-soy Asian tuna steaks. (tasted on Feb-21-2011)
90 • Lucchesi Vineyards 2007 View Forever Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Sierra Foothills $24.
Deep garnet purple color. Aromas and flavors of cherry bonbon, watermelon sorbet, and banana custard with a silky soft, ripe and fruity medium-to-full body and tropical fruit tart and peppery spice driven finish. A zesty, fruity cab franc that really perks up the palate; try with spicy rib tips. (tasted on Jan-31-2011)
89 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2008 Wetzel Family Estate, Cabernet Franc, Alexander Valley $23.
Aromas of rhubarb butter, pickled beets, and honeycomb with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart sour cherry, fire roasted pepper, and pencil shaving accented finish. A tasty, nicely structured table wine to serve with fajitas. (tasted on Jan-31-2011)
88 • Maryhill 2008 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $17.99.
Garnet color with a red-orange brick rim. Aromas and flavors of stewed berries, beets, and carrots, charred nuts, and cherry cider with a soft, supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graphite, tobacco leaf, and chalk accented finish. A nice combination of savory and sweet that will work well at the table with pork loins or veal chops. (tasted on Feb-21-2011)
86 • Rotta Winery 2005 Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles $22.|Find-a-Wine|
Ruby color. Aroma of honeyed baked cherries, pickled olives, and waxy apples with a crisp, dryish medium body and a peppercorn, cedar, and spicy tomato relish accented finish. (tasted on Jan-31-2011)