Worlds End 2009 Cabernet Franc Reserve, Against The Wind, Napa Valley
As a vigneron from Saint Emilion, Jonathan Malthus is well known for producing the highest expression of Cabernet Franc in Bordeaux with his wine, Le Dôme. This wine is his Napa Valley expression of that noble varietal. The 100% Cabernet Franc grapes for this wine are sourced from Sugarloaf Mountain and Coombsville – both from hillsides vineyards. Steve Tanzer scored it 92 points saying "Moderately saturated medium red. Good floral lift to the aromas of bitter cherry, redcurrant, licorice and chocolate, menthol and minty nuances emerging with air. Sweet, energetic and fine-grained, with lovely spine to the flavors of red berries, flowers and spices. The suave finish features plenty of tannic kick and a note of chocolate. I'd hold this youthfully medicinal wine for a few years."