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2010 Steven Kent Cabernet Franc "Small Lot Offering"

Steven Kent 2010 Cabernet Franc

Winery: Steven Kent

Vintage: 2010

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Small Lot Offering"

Wine Category: Cabernet Franc

Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Franc

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Livermore Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $50

Cases produced: 48

KWG Score: 90.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: June 19, 2013

Wine Review: This ruby colored Cabernet Franc is quite a gem. It opens with a pomegranate bouquet with a hint of RC cola. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and silky smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty black cherry with notes of blueberry. I also detected a hint of minerality, pomegranate, and touch of oak. The finish is dry and its acidity and flavors nicely. This Cab Franc was the clear winner in our recent mini-tasting. It would pair well with a herb-encrusted rack of lamb. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Cabernet Franc is one of the more intensely interesting of varieties that we work with. In the nose the wine is replete with aromatic richness: earth, sandalwood, white and black pepper, and floral notes reminiscent of the Loire Valley. In the mouth, however, the wine has significant richness and viscosity through the midpalate; the finish is a bit on the austere side, especially in its youth, but it goes on forever. With bottle age, this wine will both open up and grow richer. I expect it to reach its prime in 3-7 years and age well for a decade. Hurry - only 48 cases of this stunning wine were produced. Drink from 2015 – 2020.

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