(2012 Vintage) The 2012 North Coast Cabernet Franc has a bright, clear violet blue color. The aromas display deep wild berry, stone fruit and dried herb aroma. The palate provides a more intense counter to the bright aromas with very deep penetrating fruit flavors wrap in soft silky tannins. Its vibrancy makes for hearty presentation in this state of youth, with structure and intensity that will suit a couple years of bottle age.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2007 Vintage) This lively, fruit-focused wine recalls the comparatively lighter Cabernet Francs of France's Loire Valley, and, while very much showing a touch of the brushy, dried-leaf qualities often found from the grape, it holds tannin in check and smacks of cherry-like fruit from beginning to end. A few years of age should find it in top form, but it will make a pleasurable partner to steaks and chops even now.