Give this 2 hours minimum in a decanter - it’s shy at first but opens up to a really beautiful and varietally accurate cab franc expression. Ripe red and black cherry, freshly turned potting soil, green pepper, slightly horsey. My wife, who has a more sensitive palate, was turned off by the extent of barnyard here - I was more than happy to drink the bottle on my own. :)
Enjoyed tonight with a roasted Cornish game hen, prepared in the Zuni style, with sautéed brassicas and broiled polenta. Two more in the cellar - drinking great now but I’ll try to hold them for a couple years to see where things go. — 4 days ago
Anjou Cab Franc from the Leflaives of Burgundy fame. Superb but needs air and/or time. Tannins still fairly firm but super fine. Nose has musty earth, smoke, graphite and autumnal dried leaves, with black cherries and red forest berries and wood spice on the palate. Finish is velvety smooth. Perfect balance. Saved half the bottle for tomorrow night with great reluctance. — 8 days ago
Dynamite nose. Fresh gravel, silky berry fruit, tar, tobacco, leather, game, mineral, floral. All very pungent and perfumed. Palate is just superb. Unreal freshness. Just crushes the 09 in freshness levels and makes it so much more complete. Balanced and super pure with terrific, power, depth and concentration. Exceptionally long finish and ripe, substantial and very high quality tannins. — 4 days ago
Nose has dried raspberry, orange zest, sliced Clementine orange and moist limestone/chalk.
Palate has dried orange slice, dried raspberry, partially-dried cherry with medium acidity and finish. This bottle appears to be in decline.
Getting close to being out of stock on this vintage, but it's been a good run for only $14! — 3 hours ago
Deep, dense purple–ruby colour, the aromas on the nose alone hit me like some revelation. Truly complex, with notes of wet leafs, forest floor, black currant, leather and bell pepper. Enough tannin and fruit to go a while further, but drinking superbly right now. — 4 days ago