Beaucanon Estate Cuvée Louis Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2008, California 

My Rating 89 Points.   

Price $30.

This Friday’s Cabernet fix, is a great Cabernet Franc (Cabernet Sauvignon’s dad).

Beautiful deep purple core with a lighter purple rim.

Tart and fruity on the nose with sweet plums, cherries, red flowers, raspberries, vanilla, licorice, oak, dark chocolates, dark roasted coffee, figs, earth, pencil lead, coke, eucalyptus, mint and peppercorn.

Full-bodied, smooth and elegant with high acidity and long legs.

Very dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, cherries, oak, vanilla, alcohol, cola, licorice, chocolates, vegetables, tobacco, herbs, spices and black pepper.

Long tangy finish with round tannins and tart raspberries.

This 9 year old Napa Cab, is still drinking nicely, but it lost some of its balance. Elegant, complex, smooth and interesting. Good just by itself, but also good with lamb chops on the grill.

Still has a gorgeous nose but has a lot of alcohol at the back of the throat. I had it a year ago, and it was better than now.

Needs 2 to 3 hours of air time to show tannins. Enjoyed it, but it’s on the way out, so if you have one, drink up…

14.9% alcohol by volume.

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