Franciscan Estate Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $16.98-$24.99, 90+ points, poured core black grading dark purple/red toward the broad clear wine ring.
Beautiful aromas of violets, black currant, cedar and chocolate impressed.
Near full-bodied with fair-plus acidity, and comfortably appropriate tannin managed with aplomb, flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished well on the trailing palate, dried herbs, mild spice notes, and a balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals are 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Syrah.
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