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Cabernet Franc

USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Faust, Napa Valley, Coombsville, California, 2012

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Red blend of: 80% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, and 2% petit verdot. Note: over 50% of the fruit for this vintage came from the 110-acre Faust Vineyard in the Coombsville district, which is the highest percentage that has ever made it into the final blend for this wine. I’ve enjoyed almost every wine I’ve had from Coombsville. […]

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Winery & Vineyard Visits / Winemaker Focus / Cornerstone Cellars / Jeff Keene / Napa Valley, California & Oregon

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I had the privilege of sitting with winemaker Jeff Keene for an extended tasting of Cornerstone wines. The offerings were delicious, impressive, and showed a broad range of styles. The wine also importantly showed restraint in all the right places. Jeff was 100% delightful and explained his winemaking philosophy beautifully. Passion is an over-used word in the […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pine Ridge, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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Rated 45 minutes after opening the bottle, no decant necessary. Red blend of: 90% cabernet sauvignon, 8% petit verdot, 1% cabernet franc, and 1% merlot. N/ Deep notes of black cherry and rich cassis, with mature, and in this one case, delicious tomato leaf aromas. Black soil. Forest floor. Mesquite wood. Baker’s chocolate and slate. […]

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USA, Red Blend (Meritage) (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec), Magnificat, Franciscan, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Red blend of: 64% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot, 5% petit verdot, 3% cabernet franc, and 2% malbec. N/ Black cherry, black currant, plum skins.  Cedar, vanilla, and coconut. River rock. Wild herbs, pine needles, and dried sage. Barrel room lingers. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium plus tannins. Medium plus acid. Dry, angular, plum, cherry, and a […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Raymond Vineyards, Reserve Selection, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. Rated 3 hours post decant. N/ Clean cassis and barrel room wafts. Black cherries and flint. Sage and wild herbs. Gunpowder. Coconut / suntan lotion wafts (fairly unique, but just really seem perfect here). Crushed rock dust and bakers chocolate. Yes, a whole lot going on. T/ Medium-full […]

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Winery & Vineyards Visits – Acorn Winery (Alegría Vineyard) in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA

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Highlights The warm and knowledgable Betsy and Bill. True “Field blending” (40-50 different grape types on just 27 acres). Great wines. Excellent and down-to-earth atmosphere and wine making approach. Solid soil and cork learning tools on display in the tasting room. Learning without effort. 40-50 varietals = from A to Z, seriously. Madeline Angevine and […]

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Chile, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc, William Fevre, Gran Cuvée, Gran Reserva, Pirque, Maipo Valley, 2007

Red Blend of 85% Carmenère and 15% Cabernet Franc. Note: 2 out of 3 bottles I recently had of Fevre’s Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon suffered from humid, crappy, corks that rendered the wines oxidized – so while I could tell there was decent wine underneath the rust, I did not have high hopes for this Carmenère. […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, 2009

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Red blend of: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Note: one of the few Cabernet that you will encounter that are actually better right after opening the bottle, rather than waiting my normal 1 to 2 hours post decant. N/ Barrel room, crisp leather, clean black […]

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Chile, Haras de Pirque, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere Red blend, Maipo Valley, 2007

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Red blend of: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Carmenere, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Syrah. Note: for first two hours far too tight and one dimensional in both aroma and taste. Really needs a lot of time post decant to blossom. At about 3 to 4 hours after decanting… N/ Spicy cassis, massive minerality, smoked meat. […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon (with friends), Franciscan, Napa Valley, California, 2008

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Red Blend of: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. N / Stewed cassis. Tobacco. River rocks. Sage. Light, candied oaks, and barrel room aromas. T / Medium mouthfeel. Slightly tight, but nice blackcherry and cranberry. Seems like an even distribution of round/soft vs. rough tannins (assume this will shift […]

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USA, Sangiovese, Castello di Amorosa, Napa, 2007

A red blend of 82% Sangiovese, 8% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc. N/ Clean, acidic, blackberry. Light cassis reduction. Forest floor. Black earth. Light spice and confectionery. Leather. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Slightly candied stewed, juicy, plums with sweet oaks. Just a tad tannic. Slight chalk and a touch of steel. Her nose […]

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France, Bordeaux Red Blend, Château Majoureau, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2008

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Red Bordeaux blend of: 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Cabernet Franc. Note: a great wine, especially for the price, on night one. However, after overnight slumber in the refrigerator (vaccu-vinned) she became even more elegant and balanced. In short, do not fear saving leftovers for night two. In fact, I encourage it. N/ […]

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France, Rose Red Blend (Bordeaux Rose), Chateau Ballan Larquette, Bordeaux, 2010

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Bordeaux Rose blend of: 45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Cabernet Franc. Note: improved when served warmer than normal for a Rose.C/ Brick dust orange. Actually appears quite aged. Hope this is not an oxidized bottle… (it was not). N/ Strawberries, orange zest, crushed granite, dry burlap, hay, herbs, nutmeg, tiny waft of funkiness. […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon dominated), High Roller, JAQK Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2007

Red Blend of: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Note: I see a staggering number of wine bottles each year.  This powerful presentation, with authentic poker chip bolted right on, was among the coolest bottles I’ve seen in a long while. N/ I was expecting more French oak presence. […]

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USA, Red Blend (Merlot dominated), Bonedance, JAQK Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2007

Red Blend of: 75% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Syrah, and 1% Cabernet Franc. N/ Clean blackcherry and purple fruits. Brick dust, river rocks, light confectionery. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean, angular blackcherry and red berries. Touch tannic, but nicely mixed with some sweetness. Long, nice, earthy finish. Smooth and full. Only fault – lacking just […]

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USA, Cameron Hughes, Tasting Event, (White Blend, Pinot, Cabernet, Merlot, and Red Blends), California and Washington, USA

Cameron Hughes Tasting Event www.chwine.com This was my first official tasting of the CH offerings.  I was quite impressed with the Q2PR of many of the wines we tasted. I had @WineHarlots and @Cuvee_Corner from the #SDWM with me at this tasting, and they both seemed to be impressed by the quality / price as […]

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Chile, Red Blend, Lurton, Hacienda Araucano, “Clos de Lolol”, Colchagua Valley, 2008

Red Blend of: 31% Syrah, 29% Cabernet Franc 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17% Carmenere N/ Clean rust, cedar, hard oaks, granite, light leather and black cherry. T/ Medium mouthfeel, clean, austere raspberries, cranberry acid, a tad salty finish. Price = $23 Very Good+ 89 This wine was part of a “Wines of Chile” tasting event… […]

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Chile, Red Blend (Syrah dominated), Maquis Lien, Colchagua Valley, 2006

Red Blend of: 42% Syrah, 30% Carmenere, 12% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot, and 7% Malbec N/ Tad hot. Dry earth. Cherry. Light game. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Elegant cherry. Ripe, dripping, blackberries. Nice acid pop. Slight pucker. Price = $19 Very Good 88 This wine was part of a “Wines of Chile” tasting event… the […]

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Chile, Red Blend (Carmenere dominated), Estampa, Gold Assemblage, Colchagua Valley, 2008

Red Blend of: 57% Carmenere, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot N/ A little much on the Carmenere-driven smoldering campfire. Reduced, hard cherry. Crushed granite. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Puckering. Round, red berries. Cedar juice. Flinty. Price = $22 Very Good+ 89 This wine was part of a “Wines of Chile” […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Villa Mt. Eden, Grand Reserve, Napa, 2005

Red blend of: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon,7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, and 2% Malbec N/ Cassis. Forest floor. Strawberry. Taffy. Flint. Granite. Round black pepper. Lovely. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Dripping blackberry, plums, and currant. Warm oakness. Only need for improvement is that the wine is a tad fuzzy. Winemaker = Michael McGrath Price = $17 http://villamteden.com/index.cfm […]

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