Franciscan Estate 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon - 91pts

Franciscan Estate 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville) Napa Valley - California

Availability: Costco in WA State. Private wine shops in Canada
Cost: $28-45
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: June 16th, 2011
Re-tasted: August 9th, 2013

Tasting Notes: An extracted powerhouse of a Cabernet Sauvignon-heavy blend with 13% Merlot, 3% Syrah and 1% Petit Verdot which retains its feminine charm with intense dark fruit and spot-on oak treatment characters. On the gorgeous nose are refined, warm aromas of cassis, licorice, toasted oak, eucalyptus, black olives and mint. Followed by an equally attractive palate of round, integrated tannins, mouth-watering acid and similar flavours.

An impressive wine offering great value for the price, all things considered. Add a few to your cellar to impress your guests over the next 6-7 years. Drinking well now, but would benefit from another year of aging. Pair with peppercorn fillet. Drink 2012-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

Re-tasting Notes: This Napa Valley blended Cabernet Sauvignon hasn't lost any of its impressive power on the intense, dark fruit'n'oak nose and concentrated palate, though, the finish is fading more quickly now. Corrective score down to 91pts from an estimated range of 92-93pts as the wine has failed to truly meld over the years. Still attractively intense and attention getting but the complexity has peaked and is now beginning to simplify. Drink now-2015.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

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