Alpha Omega Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 2012

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If you have read my posts on Alpha Omega, you will know that both Sandra and I are huge fans of the winery and the wine they produce.  The Cabernet Franc is a great example of their level of wine making.  Sandra is a big fan of Cabernet Franc’s and when Alpha Omega came out with theirs, we were there to sample it (and buy it).  I will admit here that I am biased, but this is a very good bottle of wine.  I will keep this short.

Nose:  The nose on this Cabernet Franc was light and had some spice and strawberry notes.  The nose was enjoyable.

Tasting phase:  The tasting phase had some spice notes, with a slight berry notes.  I will go as far as to say there was some tangy notes, to the tasting phase.

Finish:  The finish had spice and strawberry notes.  I found the wine pulls from the back of the tongue.  The finish had a quality to it that I have come to expect from Alpha Omega wines.

I can solve the riddle of if we have purchased more of this wine and we have.  We are headed to the winery this weekend  for a private tasting, with the Director of Sales.  He wants some input on the experience at the winery, for its customers.  By the way, the view from the tasting area is great in the winter months.  Mountains, fog, clouds, and cool weather equal a great tasting experience.

Jeff Runquist 2012 Cabernet Franc Amador County

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This bottle of Jeff Runquist 2012 Cabernet Franc, was sourced at a tasting room in Amador County.  This tasting trip was part an invite from a vendor, who is a friend of mine.  Friend first, vendor second.  I have never heard of Jeff Runquist, but I can tell you he is a talented guy.  I do not have very detailed notes on this wine, because the bottle was opened and drank rather quickly.  Sandra and I enjoyed it.

To the wine:

Nose:  The nose on this Cabernet Franc was full of berry and spice notes.  I would say the nose was medium in intensity.

Tasting Phase:  During the tasting phase, the wine gives you a medium heat with a strong spice note.  I found this to be very enjoyable and balanced.

Finish:  The finish was warm and full of spice notes.  I found the finish fades quickly and is a little light.  I found the finish to be of quality and the wine is distinct.

In the end, would I buy this wine again and the answer is yes.  I do not get to Amador county very often, so the next time I am up there, I will be stopping by the tasting room

Peju 2010 Cabernet Franc

IMAG0262Peju is a great winery on hiway 29 going through Napa.  You could consider this winery to be on the main drag through Napa.  Sandra loves Cabernet Franc’s and the Peju winery is a great place to try out new wines.  Peju is in the Rutherford AVA and the wine tasting area in the winery is very nice and open.

Now to the wine:  The nose was very muted and a hint of strawberries.  This wine is pretty unique nose and Peju has some interesting wines.  The taste was very big and full of berries.  There was a a strong pull on the whole tongue that was instantaneous.  This wine makes a statement that is very enjoyable.  The finish was smokey, warm and leaves you wanting nothing more.  Yes, this is a good bottle of wine.

Sandra says:  Loved it.  Nice essence of pepper and rolls to the back of the tongue.  The finish tapers off very nicely.  Good bottle of wine.

We will purchase again.