Two of my all-time top 30 wines last night!!! A 2007 O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder and a 2014 Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc. First the 2007 O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon from the west side of the Napa Valley, Mount Veeder. On the eyes, a dark ruby coloring with medium viscosity. On the nose, a woody but sweet briar, with red fruits waffling into the nose. On the palate, extremely concentrated fruits, licorice and black cherry exploded in the mouth. The finish had some strong tannins, but without any “edginess” which provided for a long velvety crescendo.
The 2014 Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc possessed a bright purple hue on the eyes. On the nose, a fascinating combination of plum, vanilla and clove were the first impressions. On the mouth, a classic “green vegetable/bell pepper” characteristics which gave way to dark & red fruits, tea and a hint of dark chocolate. The finish was long and mellow with residual sweet pipe tobacco. Last year on International Cabernet Franc Day at our “beta event”, the 2015 Crocker & Starr came in second. If we had tasted the 2014, I am sure it would have won!! Who will win this year on December 4th, International Cabernet Franc Day?
Both were decanted and the flavors were brought to life with the food that Susan Becker Kelly prepared. Had a tri tip with baked potatoes and salad for a wonderful meal.