Starry Night Winery
2010 Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc •Terre Vermielle
California: Lake County
We All Shine On
We absolutely adore wines from Starry Night Winery and when we learned that they made a stunning, single varietal Cabernet Franc, we dispatched Agent Red to sample the wine, immediately. After his careful yet quick assessment, Agent Red managed to get his hands on every last available case. This limited production 2010 Starry Night winery Cabernet Franc was deemed by Agent Red to be a superior example of the varietal and it earned his highest recommendation. This is high praise from Agent Red, as Cabernet Franc is his favorite red varietal.
This magnificent wine is drinking beautifully now and it will only continue to improve over the next few years so we encourage you to lay a few bottles down. Cabernet Franc is among the most food friendly wines available, and this wine is exceptionally so. With lush, dark fruit and a balanced acidity this wine possesses all of the best characteristics of the varietal, without any of the “green” notes that can sometimes appear. Pair this food-friendly wine with nearly anything, but we would recommend something rich, robust and complex, like a juicy Prime Rib with plenty of horseradish. Will be keeping plenty on hand for our holiday entertaining.
Please do not miss out on this truly extraordinary wine.
Darkest burgundy hues with a dark ring of purple that runs a fine circle around the wine. Skinny, wine-stained tears are very slow to emerge, before descending slowly down the glass.
Very fragrant, lush and full on the nose, beginning with a rush of sweet plum, jammy blackberry, black cherry and cassis. These fresh aromas are followed by bramble, toasty oak, supple leather, dark licorice and a hint of flint.
Black cherry, plum, tart blackberry and dark cocoa powder combine in a powerful and delicious confluence. After a moment, the wine settles in the mouth and reveals added flavors of dusty tobacco leaf, bramble, softly toasted oak, crushed dried violets and flint.
Long and very flavorful, with dark fruit yielding to earthen flavors of spice, oak, pepper and a lovely, drying hint of graphite minerality.