94(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2010
($124; 100% cabernet franc; 14% alcohol) Bright ruby. Precise aromas of strawberry, raspberry, graphite and iron filings, with a suave undercurrent of white pepper. A strong violet note gains strength with air and carries onto the palate, nicely lifting the red berry and mineral flavors. Finishes impressively pure, focused and creamy-smooth, with a lingering floral note.
95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry
Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap
and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern
style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines;
sweet wines and dessert wines.
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Cabernet Franc is one of the three principal varieties in Bordeaux, as well as being the dominant variety in the fine wines of the western Loire Valley. In Bordeaux's Left Bank, Cabernet Franc serves as a blending component adding aromatic complexity to the more muscular Cabernet Sauvignon. On the Right Bank, the grape is found in the clay soils of St. Emilion, where it...
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