Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2009 » $89.90 (✔in stock) | Cellarit

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Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc
Merlot Cabernet Franc
3.5 Stars
Huon Hooke

Huon Hooke

Medium to full red colour with a slight purple tint. Toasty oak and bottle-development bouquet; meaty, herbal and earthy aromas too, with a little residual oak vanilla. The palate is lean and a bit stringy, lacking fruit sweetness and flesh. Grippy tannins. There's a touch of hardness to it. Seems to be drying out already.
Tasted: 19/06/2013
Drink: 2013 to 2025

87 Points Robert Parker

Deep garnet in color, the 2009 Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc has a meaty, gamey nose built around a core of maturing prune, espresso and incense aromas. Medium to full-bodied with plenty of flesh in the mid-palate framed by firm, somewhat harsh tannins, it finishes with a good length of savory, earthy flavors, if a little hard. Drink it now to 2017+.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. April, 2014

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