Still the best label on any wine bottle and one of the top ten Cabernet Franc’s coming out of Napa Valley. The label is so simple with no wording but speaks volumes regarding their wine. He a tightrope walker balancing on a rope (hard to see in the picture) with the balancing pole. Here is a definition and use of a balancing pole: “An increased moment of inertia helps withstand external sources of torque, such as sudden gusts of wind. The heavy weights allow the tightrope walker to exert torque by simply rotating the pole slightly, which moves his/her center of mass the other way, helping re-center him- or herself directly over the tightrope”. So now think of the tightrope walker as the winemaker striving to balance a vintage of wine with fruit and acidity, sweetness and dryness, smooth finish and quality tannins, etc. One powerful “little figure” with no wording, provides the insight and vision of the Young Family in their quest in making excellent wine. Jim, Jacky and Scott have a keen insight on how to produce excellent wines year after year.
The 2013 Young Inglewood Estate Cabernet Franc has a deep and dark brick red color with medium viscosity on the eyes. On the nose you get blueberry, cherry, cranberry and a hint of plum coupled with a hint of lavender. Also on the nose, you can get a waffle of licorice, sage and tobacco. On the palate, medium acidity and sweetness but tannins that stir up the senses to be awaken but not be overpowered. The finish is like the tightrope walker, making to the other side with confidence and completing the task assigned successfully. No wonder why their Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and blends, they have made my list of the yearly Best Wines!
Paired last night with a seared BBQed ribeye steak served medium rare provided a wonderful and mouthwatering food and wine pairing.
See previously written articles on Young Inglewood wines.