I got another Golden Ticket from the FedEx driver yesterday, and inside the box was this Cabernet Franc.
First off, my bottle is a stelvin closure/screw cap, not a cork, for what it's worth.
Opened last night, and had a small glass on pop and pour to see what was going on. Really nice beautiful clear ruby color, very pretty wine. Lots of alcohol on the nose, very hot right out of the gate. Palate followed, pretty hot, glycerin mouthfeel, some red fruit, and then polished tannins at the very end.
I left the bottle poured down below the shoulder to air out for a couple hours, and then came back and tasted again, this time with some steak and potatoes. Definitely better with food, some of the alcohol had blown off, and I got more complexity on the nose and some herbal qualities on the palate in addition to the fruit. Mouthfeel had calmed down a bit, and still had really fine polished tannins- reminded me of a Scott Harvey wine in the tannin management.
My wife, who likes reds, including Cab Franc, got some acetone on the nose, and immediately commented that the wine tasted hot. She got some herbs, but complained that there was a bitter element to the finishe she did not like, probably from the high alc.
I put the of the bottle away for the night, used the Vineyard Fresh argon preserver on it (love, love that product...) and just tried it again a minute ago, 14 hours later.
I like it the best now. Alcohol has integrated much better, letting the fruit on the nose shine through a lot more. Still a little generic red fruit on the palate, with herbs, and maybe a bit of spice to go along with the red and purple fruit.
I would have a hard time pegging this as a Cab Franc on a blind tasting. I might guess zinfandel because of the heat, and it has a little bit of a brambly vibe to the fruit.
I like it in the end, but it needs a ton of air to let the alcohol blow off and integrate. Probably worth a try at this price point if you like L&L, and are curious about their take on Cab Franc. It's a little too hot for me, I prefer a lower alc CF, and I also have no wine budget after blowing everything on the continuing Wellington "last offer," LOL.