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PALAZZO CABERNET FRANC, NAPA VALLEY 2012
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
The 2012 Cabernet Franc is a beautiful wine with the succulence of this vintage on display – supple tannins, a velvety, heady, hedonistic mouthfeel, and a fragrant, floral black raspberry and black cherry-scented nose with forest floor and floral notes. The wine has great fruit, medium to full body, and a silky finish. Drink it over the next decade.
NVWE Notes: Wonderfully expressive and of great elegance, the nose of this Bordeaux-esque beauty is a layered perfume of sweet red and black cherry, black raspberry, red currant, red plum, violet, cedar, baking-spice, toffee, vanilla pipe tobacco and star anise scents. These elements are just as well expressed on the palate, where the flavors seem to glide on a rich textural wave that is both classy and richly satisfying. If the finish is youthfully tightened by tannin and hints of peppery spice, the wine will still serve beautifully right now with richly sauced filet mignon. It should be even more lovely if given a few years of cellar time. 100% Cabernet Franc, 400 cases made.