A dark blue hue romances the glass giving clues of the proper ripeness of the Cabernet Franc driven wine. Crushed blueberries and rhubarb dominate the nose followed by fresh cut lilacs and hints of tobacco leaves. When tasting, the balanced structure showcases ripe rich tannins, bright acidity and a wonderful combination of blue and red fruits. The hints of dark chocolate and winter spices add complexity to the classic approach to New World Cabernet Franc made in an Old World style. The length of flavors and intricacy will keep you wanting to discover more with each sip. This wine's open tannins and high acidity highlights the ability to craft a wine that can be drunk now or age for many years.
Blend: 70% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot
"Even more impressive is the 2011 Seventeen Forty Reserve. A blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot that spent 16 months in 70% new French oak, it possesses complex notes of tobacco leaf, black currants, lead pencil shavings and crushed flowers to go with a voluptuously textured, rich, yet focused and structured palate. The purity and balance here are impressive and this beauty will continue to shine through 2021. Drink now-2021.8"
The Wine Advocate