2012 Element Winery Cabernet FrancCabernet Franc from United States
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"Production: 120 Cases "Viti/Vini: 2012 was an outstanding vintage. A long, warm summer gave way to a gentle fall, allowing for maximum ripeness potential. Hand-harvested an...
- 93 Kelli White - Vinous
- 90 Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93 Kelli White - Vinous
"An extremely successful Cabernet Franc, the 2012 Element evokes a high-quality Chinon. Though a lightweight wine, the palate boasts an attractive layer of gentle red fruit hung on a well-built and nicely defined frame. The nose is hauntingly complex, offering savory scents of dried leaves, red apple skin, woodsmoke, and sweet earth. The finish is elegant and quite long and chalky." July 2016
90 Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2012 Cabernet Franc was aged for 32 months in French oak (which sounds like a lot, but it was well used, from six- to eight-years-old). It comes in at 13.4% alcohol. Not surprisingly, this is the submission that seems big and full bodied. FLX Cab Franc is on a roll these days. But that's not all it is. It is fresh and wonderfully juicy on the finish, the fruit rolling over the palate and lifted by the freshness. As big as it seems, only relative to its siblings this issue, this is actually very refined and gorgeously balanced. The long time in wood does subdue the grape a bit, but it does not lose character completely. In the background, there are still those hints of olive, a touch of green. Eventually, this winds up where they all did--refined and graceful, but with more fruit." June 2016
"Production: 120 Cases
"Viti/Vini: 2012 was an outstanding vintage. A long, warm summer gave way to a gentle fall, allowing for maximum ripeness potential. Hand-harvested and hand-sorted before de-stemming and fermentation. Spontaneous ferment, with no additions or additives, and no SO2 until malolactic finished. After basket pressing and a short settling, the wine was aged in neutral 500 liter French oak for 30 months.
"Our goal is not to make single vineyards, reserves or any such thing to boost our label count. We want to make one wine that is representative of it’s varietal and vintage each year. That’s it. Unfortunately, something happened with the 2010 vintage. And so, right out of the gate, we screwed up and made a reserve wine. Sorry. The 2012 Cabernet Franc is the equivalent of the 2010 Reserve.
"Tasting Note: Dark fruit, currant, black plum, black cherry and blackberries, this wine demonstrates the classic Franc aromatics of herbal, leafy, pyridine notes associated with the varietal, but balanced and integrated with mineral, gravel, violet and tobacco. The palate is long, balanced, and elegant. This wine is perfect for long term aging, but drinks well now." - Winery
93 - Kelli White - Vinous
90 - Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Taste||tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper and green bean|
|Nose||tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower|