This savory Cab Franc starts with aromas of smoked sausage, red currants and clove, followed by flavors of plum, black cherry and leather. Good tannic structure, meaty complexity and a lingering finish give it further character. Ageable and complex, it will pair well with game and lamb.
Exotic pineapple, lime and tangerine scents combine with notes of slate and wet stone on this lovely Riesling. It’s quite dry, but feels lush on the palate with a sweet grapefruit softness. Finishes long and minerally.
Savory notes of fennel and exotic spice add a dose of complexity to the sweet apple and pear flavors of this dry Riesling. Crisp, clean and refreshing, it finishes with a delicate green-floral note.
Whiffs of smoke and spice introduce heady aromas of white flower, lychee and stone fruit. The attack is sweet, with flavors of ripe melon and peach candy, but it tapers elegantly to a dry finish that’s marked with hints of grape-skin astringency.
Whiffs of cured meat and dark plum compote entice on the nose of this richly fruity Cabernet Franc. The palate is medium bodied and luscious, with flavors of sweet red plums and cherries. Green, leafy notes and nervy acidity add refreshment and verve.
Sweeter, more developed aromas of caramel, candied red apple, Boston baked beans and honeydew develop on the nose, while the mouth shows more typical Chard notes of baked apple and hazelnut butter. A touch round and flabby, but ends with a long, delicious, vanilla-kissed finish.
The pretty nose of vanilla, cherry juice and spice leads to a crisp palate of cranberry and orange peel. There’s good concentration and a nice mouthfeel but a persistent note of sawdust is a bit distracting. Try with grilled meat. Drink now to 2011.