Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fifty-Row and Franciscan Estate Napa Cabs

Fifty-Row and Franciscan Estate Napa Cabs

Pair of Napa Cabs provided by AJ to accompany steak dinner at Forbes Mill Steak house in Los Gatos, CA w/ Mike L, David H and Allan B.

Fifty-Row Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

The second vintage of a wine from proprietor Paul Johnson made by winemaker Gary Galleron of former winemaking efforts at Grace Family, Vineyard 29 and Winehall Lane, Del Dotto, Hartwell and Seavey. The grapes are sourced 50% each from two well-known Napa vineyards from which Gary made great wine with in the past, the Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford and the Lewelling Vineyard in the St Helena foothills.

This wine exhibits dark purple color, medium-full bodied; firm tight concentrated blackberry and black cherry with a layer of tea, tobacco, subtle mocha and mineral on a lingering tannin finish.

RM 90 points.


Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Dark purple color, full bodied, firm silky tannins with forward concentrated dark black cherry, black berry with a layer of cassis, hint of tobacco and touch of spicy vanilla and toasty oak.

RM 91 points.