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2009 Merryvale Cabernet Franc "Napa Valley"

Merryvale 2009 Cabernet Franc

Winery: Merryvale

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Napa Valley"

Wine Category: Cabernet Franc

Grape blend: 80% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 6% Malbec

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $90

Cases produced: 406

KWG Score: 93 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: November 15, 2012

Wine Review: This opaque and very dark ruby colored Cab Franc opens with a new leather, black cherry, and vanilla oak bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth and savory. The flavor profile is a sour black cherry with notes of black pepper. I also detected hints of black licorice, and plum. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins build and fade away nicely. This wine is hearty and slightly rustic. It would pair well with comfort foods like beef bourguignon. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Ripe red berry notes of cranberry and raspberry, black olive, tobacco, espresso, smoked meat, vanilla, toast and graphite. The wine is medium to heavy on the palate with big, yet resolved tannins and good length.

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