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Rennie G.
Rennie G.
2005 - Peju Cabernet Franc Rutherford Reserve
Peju is Back on Track with This One!
Jun 08, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
2005 peju rutherford bench reserve cabernet franc

got this bad boy in my most recent club shitpment, so i had to try it immediately if not sooner!

peju is way back on track with their cab francs! this one is fabulous. it's all about the bright red froot, the signature cabernet franc aromas and flavours with enough acid and tannin to make the finish incredibly pleasing. if you want some, let me know, cuz i get a nice interwinery discount from them.

straight up 5 rennies outta 5!!


James W.
James W.
2004 - Hahn Estates Cabernet Franc
More Balanced
Jun 03, 2008
1 star 1 star
I didn't pick up the overpowering barnyard aromas like I did in a recent vintage. Just fruity and delicious stuff and very affordable at around $15. Tasted alongside much more expensive wines and this was my favorite of the bunch. Definitely a good value. Would buy again
James W.
James W.
2005 - Hahn Estates Cabernet Franc
It's Cab Franc!
Jun 03, 2008
1 star 1 star
Hey you either love wines with vegetal components or you don't. For my palate there is some lovely "funk" on this cabernet franc. Surprisingly good. Quite food friendly!  Very bell pepper driven.
Vanessa W.
Vanessa W.
2000 - Moon Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Green Winw
May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star
Green bell pepper, and slight jalepeno flavors dominate the palate, this is certainly not a wine for everyone.  Overall the fruit is ok but plays second fiddle to the green flavors. 
Mike P.
Mike P.
2001 - Owen Sullivan Cabernet Franc Champoux Vineyard
May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine is a beautifully crafted amazing Cabernet Franc to enjoy now. It begs for decanting. Complex red spicy fruit with a nice oak treatment. I never EVER tasted a wine like this. Try it if you can find it.
Vanessa W.
Vanessa W.
2005 - Hahn Estates Cabernet Franc
Good Fruit
May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star
I like this wine a lot for the price but just a little bit in general.  Hahn continues to produce value driven wines in my opinion and this one is no exception.  The bell pepper and smoke laced with cherries and dirt really come through over a smoky delivery. Drink now.
Mike P.
Mike P.
2003 - Crocker and Starr Cabernet Franc
May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Cab Franc always dissapoints. I have had a ratio of 30/1-- medicore/good Cab Francs. This is the exception. Pam Starr hits the mark here. The 5% Merlot balances this wine. Big nose, wonderful red fruit. Cassis, nice tannis/acid/oak treatment. This is an amazing wine, from a truly talented winemaker
James W.
James W.
1988 - Jota, La Cabernet Franc
Very Impressive
May 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
I just drank this wine on Friday with BBQ and it was unbelievably impressive for it's age.  It was still a very smooth wine that you could tell has aged extremely well thanks to the vegetable components.  Even non cab franc lovers like myself will enjoy this wine.  But drink now!
Rick M.
Rick M.
2005 - Smith Wooton Cabernet Franc Gallagher's Vineyard
Obscure
Apr 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
I tried this wine at a local tasting, then bought a few bottles so as to try it in a more controlled state.  What I found was that while it has the nose and immediate taste of some lighter red fruits, it also possesses a tanginess combined with a short finish.  I think I understand better why this varietal is used more often as a blend with more powerful reds rather than found on its own.  While I find it interesting, it's not a wine that one is going to run for in the hopes of being awestruck with fantastical flavors and aromas.  I give it 3 stars because of its uniqueness but at the same time find it a bit forgettable.  And at $30/bottle, you probably don't need to load up on it.
Joe M.
Joe M.
2003 - Girard Cabernet Franc
Girard makes a Cheval blanc lookalike, or should I say taste-alike.
Apr 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
For me, Girard Winery can do no wrong. From their Sauv Blanc to their Artistry (Bordeaux blend) to their reserve Cab, I love their gentle approach to winemaking. They only make their Cabernet Franc once in a while, in a year that warrants it (it's used in their Artistry blend every year). 2003 was one of those years, but less than 800 6-bottle cases were made (though last I checked one could still find some out there). This is a Cab Franc that would sit confidently amongst many right bank Bordeaux in a blind tasting. Deep purple with just a hint of a garnet rim. Killer nose right off - plum, blackberry, violets and a little pleasant smoke. The taste is a pleasurable medley of said fruits, cocoa & coconut, game, caramel, a little meat (bacon?), herbs and sweet oak. Super balanced (despite my supermarket full of descriptors), complex for a Cab Franc, and long finish of juicy meat and fruit, slightly drying on the inish but still delicious. A super bargain for the goods. - JM
Lee L.
Lee L.
2005 - Hahn Estates Cabernet Franc
last vintage! sacrificed to the pinot gods...
Apr 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
Hahn (Smith & Hook) has some prime real estate in the SLH and most of their land was planted to bordeaux varietals. Thanks to 'the movie' these 30+ year old vines were replanted to pinot, making 2005 the last vintage for hahn cab franc. Fellow local winemaker Damien Georis made a great wine out of this last pick called 'Madeline', and it sold out locally in short order. This cab franc is intensely fruit driven, with a slight tobacco nose, made in the modern cali style. The wines made in the early 80s were a tough sell, tight tannin and low alcohol bordeaux blends from monterey didn't really have a market. Now they are very similar to old paulliacs like Latour. Hopefully the pinot they harvest from this plot near soledad can match that potential.
Jordan J.
Jordan J.
2005 - La Butte, Domaine (Jacky Blot) Bourgueil, Mi Pente
One of the most complex wines at any price point
Apr 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

Despite this wine being overly dry and possessing roughness in the mouth it is nevertheless still outstanding. This is one of the most complex and highly perfumed wines in the nose, mouth, and finish.  This is one of those wines that you can almost extrapolate just about anything you want out of it. The scents in the bouquet range from huge walnut very Paulliac or St. Julien (think Las cases or Latour), beef stew, animal fur, chocolate, Smokey tar-like scents (that borderline on charcoal)  and tree bark with plums, raisons, cherry, and black currant all mashed in the dirt.  The explosion of flavors carries through in the attack with a very rustic personality. Although it comes across dusty and harsh it still has a bit of elegance. The finish is long and charming. If this wine ages well and softens up on the palate this might just be the bargain of the  year.

David R.
David R.
2003 - Foris Cabernet Franc Reserve
Frumpy Foris Franc
Apr 14, 2008
1 star 1 star
Wasn't crazy about this wine. Interesting Cab Franc, but it lacked depth and concentration. Nice minerality, but a little too much green bell pepper for my taste. Has aging potential, but not sure the tannins will soften up any more. Don't recommend.

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