By: Chris Miller | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2013 | Send Email
I've said this before and I'll say it again: year in, year out, this easily makes my top 5 list for best-bang-for-your-buck wines in the store (and there is some stiff competition to get in the top 20!). Uber classic Cabernet Franc aromas, with all the bitter cherry, mountain berry, spice, bay leaf, coffee bean and fresh tilled earth one would expect from a high quality Chinon or Samur-Champagny, but without the tree bark and tomato stalk aromas sometimes associated with this varietal. On the palate the wine is soft, juicy and velvety while maintaining a firm tannic structure and lovely underlying acidity. Both bottles I've enjoyed thus far from this vintage (I haven't put away a case or two yet) I've popped the night before then drank the next day, and I have to say, it gets better with a good dollop of air. So while I would normally not suggest decanting an $11 bottle, give this one a good decant, if you can. Wow!