I didn’t have high expectations for this wine. Mostly, it was in my cellar as part of a “can I drink all 50 states?” Instead I was pleasantly surprised. Is it fantastic? No. It’s not comparable to decent West Coast quality. But it’s also not bad... moderate acidity and ripe red fruits are pleasant with hints of tannins still present. Fairly dry but hidden by the muted tannins that remain. Back notes are phenolic and a little bit oaky. It is soft and lacks structure; definitely a drink-now wine. I would happily have another bottle. I’m surprised these are the varietals they chose to grow in Illinois, but it works... — a month ago
This vintage is a blend. Touriga National (68%), Gamay (16%), Cab Franc (11%) and Grenache (5%). Light salmon color and medium body. Aromas of peach, melon and strawberry. Similar fruits (fresh) on the pallet with a hint of mineral, dried herbs and saline. Nicely savory but I enjoyed previous vintages better. — 19 hours ago
Frank Fredericks Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California
It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a gorgeous one from Napa.
Dark ruby in color with a nice brick rim. Pretty color.
Strong nose of blueberries, black cherries, black plums, earth, oak, light vanilla, licorice, peppercorn, tobacco, chocolates, spices and graphite.
Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium plus acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, tobacco, light green vegetables and herbs.
Nice tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity, especially on the nose, with a nice and easy mouthfeel.
Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. I gave it 3 hours to open up. As it opens up, it becomes spicier with more earthy notes.
Still young, but already enjoyable even by itself. A new world wine with a touch of Bordeaux. Very interesting.
Would benefit from 5 to 10 years of bottle time, and will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years.
A good quality wine that shows good potential to become a 95+ point wine.
Paired very nicely with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon,
2% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot. Aged in new French oak for 27 months.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$275 (upon release). — 3 days ago
Curiousity finally got the best of me. A measley 25 cases of this inaugural wine was made. The blend is 73% roussanne and 27% Viognier. Opened alongside a 2014 SQN Lightmotif. Now known as Fingers Crossed, this is a must for those who enjoy the SQN style.
The fact that this is over a quarter Viognier is shocking. Seems like hardly any! This wine is amazingly bright and fresh while sporting plenty of richness and depth. The SQN Lightmotif had so much savory character to it like salted popcorn kernel, so the differences were very fun to diagnose (yet the style between the two has many similarities). Oily and honeyed mango, dragonfruit, and some caramel-lemon cream. There is a kiss of sweetness in the mid palate which is really unique. I’m hard pressed to see this being a wine that gets better...likely just somewhat different. Great first vintage! — 7 days ago
It’s the perfect amount of sweetness for a warm sunny day! Almost like a sweet reistling. — 7 days ago
Orange with a hint of brown, slightly hazy, medium head on pour. Good orange and grapefruit flavor that drifts off into piney hop IPA land, with a citrus zest finish with moderate hop bitterness. Given the tradition of citrus growing in the (central) Phoenix (or CenPho) area, the brewers do capture something authentic, “zesty, fruity, local pride” as it states on the bottom border of the can. It even looks like they forage their citrus from the backyards of locals. Tasty stuff, admirably imagined and crafted. Not a classic IPA style but who cares? 🌵🍋🍊🍺🌅 Gonna be another scorcher, drink up — 9 days ago
Muddy and mushroom aromas right out of the bottle. With some aeration, plum and raspberry fruit notes appear. Plum and raspberry fruit on the pallet. Soft finish due to extremely velvety tannins. Touch of black pepper on the finish. This one really changed (for the better) as the night went on. — 2 days ago