This was consumed with a couple of my neighbors outside by the fire on a late Spring Day. It was quite well received. It is a blend of Grenache, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese. First, the bottle is very pretty with a silk screened label. The wine itself is likewise pretty with an almost iridescent salmon orange color to it. The nose is large with burnt oranges, some strawberries and slight cherries. There is some alcohol on the nose too. On the palate, this has a very nice texture. Big fruit, mostly tart cherries. Enough acidity to work with food but made just fine sip
Ruby in color. The nose has a lot of barnyard. Also some cherries and a bit of green pepper and tobacco. On the palate, this has nice cherry fruit. Nice depth and complexity. Slight tannins. Nice finish. I would think this has some time, but look for well stored bottles.
Bought on release ($26) and cellared well. Light ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice earthy with cherries. Hints of green tobacco drying in a barn. On the palate, black cherries and minerals with a nice, slightly bitter streak. This is at peak now and I would drink in the next few years. Complex. Food friendly. Nice showing.
This is from the To Kalon vineyard in Napa. Truly one of the best and certainly historic vineyards on the valley floor. One of the best Cab Francs made in Napa. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, black cherries, slight cigar tobacco. Nice. On the palate, this is ripe and avoids the green pepper that sometimes is in Cab Franc (for better and worse). It has great black cherry fruit, some black raspberries. Depth though still quite tight. This is young and needs a decade IMO. Long finish.
Drinking well right now. Not yet at peak but I don't know how much better it will get. Purple in color. Wonderful nose of black cherries, green tobacco, cigar box and leather. On the palate, this is tightly layered. It opens in the glass. Black cherries, leather and earth. Good balance. Not a huge wine, but not shy either. Goes well with food. Outstanding wine.