Sunday, April 6, 2014

Review: **** $$$$$ Frisson Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2010

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for premium Napa cabernet sauvignon.  Click here to buy Frisson Cabernet Sauvignon from the winery.

By way of background, opening thoughts:  Frisson Wines represents a young Napa Valley label, built by Terry Davis, a retired businessman hailing from Texas, with the supporting expertise of Wayne Donaldson, winemaker.  Donaldson's built his career in such winemaking hotbeds as Australia, France, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as California.  Today, the Frisson line includes cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc varietals.


Original tasting and review : This is Frisson Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2010, finished at 13.9% alcohol, actually quite shy from a Napa perspective.  Tasting sample was provided by a representative of the winery.

In the glass: Medium deep muddy red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows modest, classic dark fruit aromas, with distinct red berries tones.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright with red currants and raspberries.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much deeper and bolder than projected by the nose.  Full, ripe, classic black currant fruit provides the first notes on your tongue and back of mouth.  A solid robe of sleek tannins quickly rolls over the fruit, bringing an integrating intensity as the sip curls towards your cheeks.  There it lodges with resins and light acids that allow blackberry and dry black cherry fruit to slowly unfold for another thirty seconds.

In summary: Overall, a powerful and accessible Napa cabernet that just touches four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for premium Napa cabernet sauvignon.  Click here to buy Frisson Cabernet Sauvignon from the winery.

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