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90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The Anjou Villages appellation is warm enough to ripen both versions of Cabernet, Franc and Sauvignon. This rich while balanced wine is good proof of that with its ripe black fruits and acidity. It wouldn't be Loire without the smoky, lightly stalky backdrop that will allow the wine to age. Drink from 2020. (RV)" (09/2018) K&L Notes: Established over 50 years ago, the 4th generation of the Denis family now runs this operation. Julien is the winemaker, Stephane in charge of the viticulture and Vincent oversees the administrat...

2018 Domaine de la Noblaie "Goutte de Rose" Chinon Rosé
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93 points Winedoctor.com: "This is 100% Cabernet Franc, vinified in stainless steel, and it is already in bottle, very sensibly under screwcap. It kicks off with a beautifully fresh and dusty nose, showing subtle peach and strawberry fruits, lightly dusted with minerals. The palate feels appropriately fresh, tense, pure and cool, with a polished style, an ebullient fruit character streaked with mineral and acid veins. It closes with a very fine and peppery flourish in the finish. All in all a very attractive rosé. From my first Loire 2018 report." (02/2...
Price: $16.99

From the domaine: "Our domaine is the work of four successive generations at Cléré Sur Layon. Whilst understanding how to evolve and keep up to date, the estate has grown from 5 to 80 hectares over 50 years. We strive to utilize the diversity of the soils and vines in the vineyard, ensuring the handing down of the estate to each generation."
Price: $12.99

2014 La Source du Ruault "Clos de la Côte" Saumur-Champigny Rouge
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"I first met vigneron Jean-Noël Millon while attending an organic wine fair in the South of France. The wines were impressive, so we arranged to meet on my trip through the Loire a couple of months later. A visit to the winery led to a trip through the ancient cellar, which had been carved from the chalky stone below (known as tuffeau) two centuries before. As we progressed from chamber to chamber, it began to feel more like a spelunking expedition. Ancient coins were pressed into the walls by past workers, the old wine press was still intact, even the o...
Price: $39.99

93 points James Suckling: "Aromas of dark fruit with fresh herbs and tile. Perfumed. Medium-to-full body, juicy fruit and a flavorful finish." (04/2018) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 El Enemigo Cabernet Franc was produced with fruit from Gualtallary, from a specific 8.8-hectare plot of the Adrianna Vineyard. It fermented in two tries with a portion of full clusters. It has a beautiful nose with plenty of spices and herbs and some Pinot-like red fruit. The palate is harmonious and balanced, with very fine tannins and a velvety textu...

Joel B Payne writes: "Although he still owns half of Couly-Dutheil, Pierre Couly was thrown out by his brother Jacques when the latter took control of the family business ten years ago. It is not quite fratricide, but it was particularly odd because both were near the age of retirement when it happened. With three hectares from Domaine Farou, his wife’s estate, Pierre and his son Bertrand started over. A decade later, they now have 20, exclusively on the plateau above Chinon. Including the grapes that they buy from their winemaker, father and son now pro...
Price: $24.99

Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St. Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, unmarred by the intrusion of oak--which he hasn't used in production since 1986. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. The Vieilles Vignes, from a single plot of Cabernet Franc planted in 1934, is prized for its power, depth and grace. This flagship wine is meant to age, and the large format bottle will have helped to preserve freshness.
Price: $34.99

2017 Pierre & Bertrand Couly "Cuvée Classique" Chinon
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Joel B. Payne writes: "Although he still owns half of Couly-Dutheil, Pierre Couly was thrown out by his brother Jacques when the latter took control of the family business ten years ago. It is not quite fratricide, but it was particularly odd because both were near the age of retirement when it happened. With three hectares from Domaine Farou, his wife’s estate, Pierre and his son Bertrand started over. A decade later, they now have 20, exclusively on the plateau above Chinon. Including the grapes that they buy from their winemaker, father and son now pr...
Price: $16.99

2018 Aurore Dezat Sancerre Rouge
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Typically when you think Sancerre, you think crisp, chalky white wine. But the region also produces phenomenal Pinot Noir. One of the aspects of Sancerre that makes for great Sauvignon Blanc is the limestone and flint soils, which lend depth of minerality and gorgeous aromatics. These same soil characteristics also make for incredible Pinot Noir with plenty of depth and personality. One of our best new-direct import producers in Sancerre, Aurore Dezat, makes just such a wine. If you love silky, round Pinot Noir with gorgeous dark cherry notes and layers ...
Price: $19.99

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Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St. Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, which are unmarred by the intrusion of oak. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. These days, Joel makes wines with the help of his son-in-law, Thierry Foltzenlogel. Their "Expression" comes from vines up to 37 years old, planted on a hillside with clay and limestone. The terroir is perfect for a youthful expression of Cabernet Franc that's immediately drinkable and fresh, with...
Price: $13.99

2018 Domaine de la Noblaie "Le Temps des Cerises" Chinon
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93 points Chris Kissack, Winedoctor.com: "Jérôme has proven himself with this cuvée, which in recent vintages has been a stellar 'entry-level' wine. The 2018 vintage does not disappoint in this regard. Tasted twice. From the first bottling, the bottle opened the day before my visit, this has a softer and more floral nose, but presents a delicate, pencil-fine style on the palate, with a lightly chalky structure. From the second bottling, which was completed just ten weeks after the first, the bottle opened on the day of tasting, this presents a darker and...
Price: $16.99

Joël Taluau was a fabulous grower in St. Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, which are unmarred by the intrusion of oak. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. These days, Joel makes wines with the help of his son-in-law, Thierry Foltzenlogel.
Price: $29.99

Wine Spectator: "This fleshy red shows black cherry, spice and herb flavors with firm tannins. It has good concentration and while it's drinkable now, it should improve. " (06/1997) K&L Notes: Joël Taluau was a fabulous grower in St. Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, unmarred by the intrusion of oak--which he hasn't used in production since 1986. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. The Vieilles Vignes, from a single plot of Cabernet Franc planted...
Price: $29.99

Joël Taluau was a fabulous grower in St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire. All his hand harvested cuvées are based on vine age and soil composition, and the wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel with a light fining and no filtration before bottling.
Price: $44.99

2016 La Source du Ruault Saumur-Champigny Rouge
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I first met vigneron Jean-Noël Millon while attending an organic wine fair in the South of France. The wines were impressive, so we arranged to meet on my trip through the Loire a couple of months later. A visit to the winery led to a trip through the ancient cellar, which had been carved from the chalky stone below (known as tuffeau) two centuries before. As we progressed from chamber to chamber, it began to feel more like a spelunking expedition. Ancient coins were pressed into the walls by past workers, the old wine press was still intact, even the ol...
Price: $16.99



The winemakers at family estate Joël Taluau say that they cultivate pleasure above all else, truly care for the soil and grapes, and make wine in a natural way. Winery note: "The vintage Vieilles Vignes comes from vines aged over 35 and up to 80 years old, planted on clay-limestone soils. These are tannic wines with aromas of very ripe red fruits: depth, complexity and elegant tannins ensure a long life. They are to consume, preferably, 4 to 5 years after their bottling and will age about ten years according to your cellar."
Price: $19.99

93 points Chris Kissack, Winedoctor.com: "From the kaolin clay terroir on the slopes above the domaine, this cuvée was bottled in April 2019. Aromatically it opens with the scents of black olives, dark cherries and blackcurrant, sweet and perfumed. This confidence comes through on the palate, albeit with a pencil-fine definition to the wine's admirable substance, in a very pure style, with notes of acacia, hawthorn and dark, floral hedgerow fruits. There are little notes of cigar box and pencil shaving, and underneath there lies a fine backbone of chalky...
Price: $18.99

98 points Vinous: "The 2016 Paleo Rosso is a total stunner. Explosive and intensely floral, with tremendous aromatic intensity, the 2016 exudes class from the very first taste. Grilled herbs, crushed rose, peach, espresso and raspberry jam are some of the many notes that flesh out. The 2016 closes down quickly in the glass, which is likely a very good sign for its longer term prospects. The purity of the fruit alone is striking. Despite its considerable richness, the 2016 retains freshness, lift and exceptional finesse. The personality of pure Cabernet F...

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This blends 38% Merlot with 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc. Together these find a healthy companionship of wood, cedar, currant and dried herb, allowing the two Cabernets to speak loudest. Lightly spicy nutmeg and clove linger around well-defined layers of cherry and vanilla. (VB)" (03/2017) 91 points James Suckling: "Aromas of plums, earth and spices follow through to a full body and tight and firm tannins. Structured and powerful. Needs a few year to soften. Better in 2020." (01/2017) K&L Notes: 38% Merlot...

Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St. Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, unmarred by the intrusion of oak--which he hasn't used in production since 1986. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. The Vieilles Vignes, from a single plot of Cabernet Franc planted in 1934, is prized for its power, depth and grace. This flagship wine is meant to age, and the large format bottle will have helped to preserve freshness.
Price: $29.99

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a rich yet varietally correct expression of Cabernet Franc, beginning with aromas of strawberry syrup, licorice, burned coffee, peppercorn and a hint of pyrazine via the oregano. The palate shows more green elements such as fresh herbs and pasilla chile, against a roasted berry backdrop. (MK)" (07/2019) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "Only eight barrels of this limited-edition 2016 Cabernet Franc were produced. It opens with luscious aromas of blueberry, tobacco, leather and espresso bean. Dense, creamy flavors of bla...

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Franc from Rutherford shows loamy soil and underbrush notes, red and blue fruits, medium body, a slightly compact mouthfeel, a dark ruby color and good overall personality. (RP)" (12/2016)
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2016 Crocker & Starr Napa Valley Blend of Cabernet Franc
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60% Cab Franc, 34% Merlot, 6% Malbec 100% St Helena. From the winery: Production: 899 cases. Tasting Notes: Deep ruby in color, the wine displays a gorgeous nose of ripe raspberry and warm Mexican chocolate with a dash of chili. Silky tannins and medium body elegantly frame the fruit on the palate along with malt that lingers through the wine’s lengthy and seamless finish. Our AVA Napa Valley blend of Cabernet Franc is drinking beautifully now and will cellar well over the next ten years."
Price: $49.95

94 points Chris Kissack, Winedoctor.com: "Directly along the slope from the domaine lies this lieu-dit, with thin soils over a deep bed of Turonian limestone. As with Les Chiens-Chiens, this too was bottled in April 2019. The nose carries the memory of the barrels, with scents of cigar box, along with crushed chalk, peony, violets, hawthorn, damson and wild black cherry, fresh and pure. The palate shows an appropriate structure for the terroir, a little more austere than Les Chiens-Chiens, with more substance and polish, the dark fruits delicately draped...
Price: $19.99


96 points Vinous: "The 2016 Clos Saint-Julien is gorgeous and also quite a bit more reserved than it was from barrel. Voluptuous and racy, with remarkable freshness, the 2016 has so much to offer. A rush of black cherry, violet, lavender and spice builds as this sensual, caressing Saint-Émilion shows off its personality. The purity of the fruit and the wine's sheer harmony both make for a fabulous drinking experience. (AG)" (01/2019) 94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Brought in exclusively by American merchant Jeffrey Davies, the 2016 Clos Saint Julien knocks it...

91 points James Suckling: "Fresh violets, herbs, elderberries, licorice and spices. The palate is grainy and somewhat edgy with firm tannins, fine acidity and a pretty finish. " (12/2017) Connoisseurs Guide: "There is a lot going on in the slightly earthy, vaguely vegetal, loosely fruity aromas of this wine, and, while the flavors that follow are ripe and fairly full, they too are laced with all sorts of herbs and savory bits, and complexity, rather than fruit, is this one's principal calling card. It is moderately tannic and tough enough on the back e...


90-92 points Vinous: "The 2017 Cabernet Franc Sans Soufre is insanely beautiful. Rich, vivid and explosive, with tons of fruit density and aromatic depth, the 2017 is captivating from the very first taste. A rush of dark cherry, mocha, spice, new leather and menthol hits the palate in a deeply satisfying, alluring Cabernet Franc. It's hard to say how the no SO2 bottling will age, but the wine is undeniably beautiful at this stage. The fruit was sourced from Happy Canyon Vineyard. (AG)" (09/2018) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Cabern...

Paradigm produces five wines entirely from impeccable, estate-grown fruit. Winemaker Heidi Barrett has some of Napa's finest terroir with which to work. Located on the Oakville grade with immediate neighbors like Bond, Harlan, Promontory, and Dominus, the Paradigm Winery crafts wines of extreme value for their price points.
Price: $74.95


100 points James Suckling: "The aroma in this wine is crazy with flowers, mushroom, forest floor, and fruit. It seems like I am walking through a row of the vines in Cheval Blanc when I have my nose in the glass. It's full-bodied, with fabulous layers of ultra-fine tannins and milk chocolate, raspberries, and a phenomenal finish. Truly one of the greatest Chevals ever. Better than 2009. Try in 2020. " (11/2013) 100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 is one of the most impressive two-year-old Cheval Blancs I have tasted in 34 years in thi...

93 points Vinous: "Dark red cherries, plums, mint, sweet spices, herbs and juniper berries meld together in the 2011 Red Blend Labor of Love. Espresso, menthol tar and licorice notes add complexity on the layered, expressive finish. The 2011 is 75% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot, all from Martinez Vineyard on Pritchard Hill. (AG)" (11/2013) 89-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Proprietary Red Labor of Love is composed of 75% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot. Floral, blue, red and bl...



Winery notes: "Cabernet Franc (Loire clones) sourced from a 30-year-old vineyard on the East Side of Seneca Lake, planted on gravel, clay & shale. Harvest followed by gentle foot-trodding and a 10-day cold soak prior (partial Carbonic Maceration). 50% Whole Cluster, fermented with a combination of Indigenous Yeasts, Burgundy yeast & Rhone yeast (all separate tanks/ferments) for nearly 2 months in open-top fermenters, 2x daily punch-downs. Moved to old barrique for malolactic fermentation & 8-month elevage, bottled unfined & unfiltered."
Price: $24.95

2018 Lieu Dit Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Franc
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92 points Decanter: "The Loire Valley-inspired Lieu Dit label is a collaboration between Tyler Winery’s Justin Willett and sommelier Eric Railsback. Their 2018 Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Franc is lifted, high-toned and earthy. Aromas of sous-bois, green pepper and wet flowers. Crunchy and bright red fruit notes refresh the palate, where dried tobacco, tomato leaf and citrus peel notes hang on the finish. A tasteful, accurate homage to old-world Cabernet Franc." K&L Notes: Winemaker Notes: "Sourced from own rooted vines planted at the Happy Canyon Vineya...



100% Cabernet Franc from the Chinon region. No Sulfur added *Natural Wine*
Price: $24.99

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Baron’s as usual Cabernet Franc-dominated 2009 Flying Pig – incorporating 34% Merlot as well as 12% Cabernet Sauvignon; its entirety sourced from the 1998 En Cerise plantings; and assembled around nine months after fermentation – gives a mouthwatering impression of being suffused with savory, carnal, fatty pan drippings. If this libation doesn’t qualify as high umami, I don’t know what would! With that come ripe, succulent, subtly tart-edged cassis and blueberry; bittersweet floral perfume; as well as rich yet pi...

Andrew Jones learned to make wine from the ground up. He started as a vine nursery fieldman, planting and planning vineyards for wineries all over California. This gave him first-hand knowledge of nearly every vineyard on the Central Coast and a knack for finding "diamonds in the rough." Meanwhile, he was building friendships with some great California growers, who'd often offer him small lots of their best grapes on the side. From these beginnings he has built a catalog of delicious, affordable wines that hum with personality.
Price: $14.99



95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This standout varietal wine is complex and lengthy in a wealth of juicy red and black fruit, with lasting accents of dried herb, sage, lavender and violet. Built to last, it should develop even more in bottle. Drink 2024–2026. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (12/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made from 100% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Cabernet Franc Howell Mountain has a very deep purple-black color, revealing a drop dead gorgeous perfume of red roses, violets and black tea over a core of kirsch, red currants and black raspberries, with wafts of cinnamon stick and dried herbs. Medium-bodied, very finely textured and refreshing in the mouth, it offers wonderful perfumed red fruit layers and a long, mineral-laced finish. 522 cases produced. (LPB)" (12/2017) 92 points Vinous: "La Jota's 2015 Cabernet Fran...

Winery notes: Methode Sauvage was started in 2013 by Chad Hinds. We began, striving to find a voice for California Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc from all over the state. In the spirit of this new project we have begun experimenting with wine styles and varietals from the Alps of Europe. We seek to make wine with a sense of place by employing no additives, and removing no character. "Tierra Extraña" is a blend of coastal sites, teetering on the edge of ripeness for the varietal, where pepper and perfume are uninhibited by stewy extraction, but rather i...
Price: $26.99

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is 100% varietal and remarkably impressive, true to its grape in earthy aromas of violet and sage. The mountainous appellation contributes girth and breadth, as well as densely layered texture and grip. Around the fullness are beautiful flavors of chocolate, graham cracker and blueberry. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (03/2019) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Franc Mt. Veeder gives a pretty nose of kirsch, cranberry preserves and mulberries with touches of potpourri, bak...