Taste it Again / Lost & Found

Taste it Again: Hillebrand 2010 Red Shale Cabernet Franc

06 Jan 2017

(May 21, 2016) ... There are certain wines you have high hopes for when you just see the bottle, and this was one of those wines - the Red Shale Franc has long been a favorite and year-after-year continues to build its reputation as a reliable purchase for Franc lover, but in years like 2010 and 2012 it has been taken to another level.  Right out of the bottle this one shows quite a bit of grit along with black cherry, mocha and tobacco ... but it's those gritty tannins that prove to be mouth drying in nature, I continue to hope they'll smooth out over the course of the evening ... and luckily they do; by the end of the evening there's are lovely smoky, coffee, tobacco, blackberry and cassis notes that have taken over the wine.  Really lovely.

To see the original review of this wine click here.


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