(From 2005 Vintage) Deep blackberry and dark plum spiked with spice, chocolate and toasty oak. Focused concentration, rich and round with a long, supple finish.
(From 2011 Vintage) Deep blackberry and dark plum spiked with spice, chocolate and toasty oak. Focused concentration, rich and round with a long, supple finish.
Top notch wine, a fav for over a decade. Consistent. This is generally a wonderful wine year in and out. One of the early added lines at Franciscan. I've bought this in CA many times and many vintages, drank there and often bring it back to Maryland. Wine Enthusiast says it best: "a big tannic wine that is built solid and tight that showcases it's mountain origins. Big, big flavors of blackcurrent, vanilla and toast. Smoke and spice carry to a long finish. Built for aging." We got some prune with this 01 and the winemaker aims for blackberry, mocha, black cherry, mineral and anise. Chewy is a great way to describe this wine. I keep buying it. Just bought all the 06 in stock at Ralphs while in CA as it was on sale price plus 30% off for 6 or more net was about $20. A screamin deal. Reviews are all over the place, from 85 to 96. I think it is a solid 89 to 91 and is worthy of laying down. Tonight, New Years Eve 2011, we are starting with this 01 from my cellar, brought back in 03 and stored. Drank one a few months ago and it was awesome, a 93 or 94. This one from the same batch has a half dried cork (base OK) which happens with these sometimes. Seems to "seal" at the surface. This one didn't age as well but still a nice wine. 85/100 - Wine Spectator in 04 87/100 - Connoisseurs Guide to CA Wine in 06 but also gave it a 95 in 05 so unsure of that. Cellar Tracker has 36 reviews with a median 90 score. Higher scores the longer stored but it is time to drink the 01's and earlier. Wine Enthusiast rated it a 91 in 05. I agree.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesRating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Apr-06
Wine SpectatorRating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/04