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93 • Ledson 2009 Cabernet Franc, Dry Creek Valley $52.
Garnet black color. Aromas of mocha custard and berry tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a gentle, dried cherry, rhubarb, and earth accented finish. A very nicely composed and elegant cabernet franc with great varietal character. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
92 • John Robert Eppler 2009 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley $55.
Ruby black color. Interesting aromas of lingonberry jam and dried eucalyptus leaf with silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, praline, creme brulee and fine tannin finish. A robust and well structured cabernet franc for sipping or the table. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
90 • RoxyAnn 2009 Cabernet Franc, Rogue Valley $32.
Berry, creme fraiche and honeyed granola with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a roasted carrot and beet and dried sour cherry accented finish with very fine tannins. An excellent table companion. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
90 • Morais 2012 Cabernet Franc, Virginia $18. Best Buy.
Deep garnet with a light violet rim - a pretty wine. Nice nose, very old world earthy/gravely notes lead. Crushed strawberries and red licorice follow. Good length and nicely balanced flavors follow. Very earthy fine tannins. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
89 • Two Mountain 2009 Estate Grown, Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley $30. Cellar Selection.
Garnet black color. Rich aromas of dried berries and stone fruits, coconut yogurt, and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, blackberry and honeycomb finish with chewy tannins. A refreshing nice table wine. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
89 • Kitzke 2009 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $29.
Savory, herbal aromas of marinated cherries and tomatoes with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, blackberry, dolmades, and earth driven finish with dusty tannins. Nice poised and stylish. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
88 • Pend d'Oreille 2008 Cabernet Franc, Washington $21.
Red brick color. Aromas and flavors of pickled tomatoes and cherries with a soft, dryish medium body and a tangy, dried berry, nut, and spice finish. Different, but fun and very food friendly. Try with boar and elk. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
88 • Clarksburg Wine Company 2010 Cabernet Franc, Clarksburg $28. Cellar Selection.
Garnet black color. Attractive aromas of dark chocolate mousse and cranberry compote with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, sour apple, cherry, and tobacco leaf accented finish with firm tannins. Give this a little time. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
87 • Morais 2011 Cabernet Franc, Virginia $18.
Light bright garnet with a pale pink rim. Complex, old world nose (Chinon) of lignated stems, toasty yeast and ripe raspberries. Tangy taut balanced flavors follow. Vegetarian lasagna would be the pairing. Ample fine tannins. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
87 • Illinois River Winery 2011 Dry Hill Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Illinois. Organically Grown Grapes
Herbaceous, heather and resonant black raspberries are the three main impressions from the vibrant nose. Rounded, yet tangy flavors follow. Grippy finish shortens up the flavors. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
86 • Martha Clara Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Franc, North Fork of Long Island $26.99.
Bright light garnet robe with nice tears. Nice nose of crushed raspberries and a hint of red licorice. Rounded easy flavors and a fairly brisk finish. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
84 • Heron Hill Winery 2010 "Classic Series", Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes $14.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Funky toasted brewers yeast scents lead with a dusty red currant back note. Gravely grippy tannins and flavors follow. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)