Having met with Larry Dino earlier this summer and drinking a 2016 Cuda Ridge Cabernet Franc we digressed in our discussion. We started discussing the age ability of Livermore wines and specifically his Cabernet Franc while drinking his 2016. He then provided me a 2010 Cabernet Franc to try and proven how they can mature.
Tonight this 2010 Cabernet Franc blew me away!!! It showed some “old world characteristics” as well as unique Livermore Valley traits. The coloring of this wine was so dark and alluring with a medium heavy viscosity. On the nose, blueberry, cherry and a hint of plum and floral notes abounded. On the palate, the naturally higher acidity was milder for a Cabernet Franc as well as the tannins were structured and sharp but not mouth biting. In the mouth, the blueberries and dark cherry were prominent along with a modicum of your typical bell pepper, black pepper and sage qualities. Stronger leather, a dry rockiness and pipe tobacco lingered to make the finish long lasting and inquisitive. This 2010 evolved and matured into thoroughbred contender!! An awesome wine this evening with a seared BBQ’ed ribeye steak cooked medium rare.
Based on tonight’s experience, I will stay far away from any poker night with Larry!! Larry was absolutely correct!!