Monday, November 9, 2009

2006 Mayo Family Winery Cabernet Franc, Alexander Valley, Ridgeline Ranch

I tend to have a love-hate relationship with Cabernet Franc. I love the stuff when it is made from fully-ripe grapes; I hate it when it has that unripe, leafy, green bean aroma and flavor. This wine is one to love. It was sourced from a vineyard located in the mountains that separate Alexander Valley from Napa Valley. Ripe raspberry and black cherry aromas evolve in the glass, showing just a touch of oak. The lush flavors are supported by silky tannins and nicely balanced acidity. It is drinking well now but a few years in your cellar will do it no harm. The wine is available only from the winery and can be ordered on line ( or by phone (707 833 5504). The cost was $50 but a discount is available if you are a member of their Cellar Club.