2016 Whalebone Vineyard Cabernet Franc Merlot – 95 points, Gold

Author: Ned Goodwin
Source: Wine Companion
Review Date: Jul 2021

A full-bodied red based on the quintessential Bordeaux Right Bank prototype, this is rich yet fresh; forceful yet somehow savoury and while reflective of a warm, dry year manifest as salubrious dark fruit tones, bitter chocolate, mocha oak (20 months; 50% French) and thicker-framed tannins than the norm, perhaps, they drag the flavours long. Textural. Delicious. Some may have an effete issue with the alcohol here, but while admittedly decadent and rich, the wine is poised and highly drinkable. The tone is set for profundity across the next decade-plus.

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