Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Lot 73 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, California, 2013, finished at 14.1% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in July, 2015.
In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from a quarter inch of the edge.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright furry black fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be classic and perhaps austere.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bold, aromatic, full of menthol and black fruit, with a certain underlying minerality and creaminess. Impressive.
In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale for its classic boldness, becoming an easy nod as a best value.
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