Glowing pure thin garnet with pink edges. Dirty and brooding with bitters, soiled horse bedding and cedar bark. Bright root-beer note. Surprisingly viscous on the tongue considering the visual density with sweet vanilla giving way to fairly dense tannins with only a sharp bleep of acid breaking things up. A rather unbalanced wine, but oddly enough a not horribly un-enjoyably one either. This would make a lovely little 25-dollar Pinot. I am just not feeling any kinship to the two ways EYE like Cab Franc: The Chinon way and the BDX way, including the California BDX way. Ok, maybe that’s three ways. This thing is extracted and ripe and states a 12-point-oh on the label. That’s just weird. It FLEW to 13+ and hung there in capillary. Yes, I realize how inaccurate capillary is. Still… I’m really curious to try this guy’s other wines. This is a fun, easy-drinking, serious red wine, it just has a lot of weird shit pulling it in different directions to garner a highly recommended rating.
2012 BROC CELLARS Cabernet Franc Central Coast California 12.0