2002 Gainey Cabernet Franc Limited Selection
USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley
Wine Rating: 92
Uncorked: 2007.08.22 Jeff’s Birthday Dinner – served with grilled steak
It wasn’t until I started drinking Gainey’s Cab Franc that I thought this grape could stand up on its own. Usually used as a blending grape to make big Cabernet Sauvignons, there are only a handful of wineries making excellent wines with the Franc as the star. Gainey is one of those wineries that has done something nearly spectacular with this grape.
Deep ruby in color, the wine simply looks inviting. The nose is rich and complex with fresh blackberries, herbs, and smoke. As it opened up more in the glass, the nose became lucious. This is a seductive wine. While I could easily linger at the nose, as I taste the wine it envelopes my mouth. I don’t know how better to describe it than the flavors wash over my whole mouth. It is smooth and silky. The berries and juicy fruit flavors are balanced by a subtle spiciness and herbal flavors. The wine is dark in almost every way, but it isn’t fierce — it is subtle, rich, balanced. The finish is long and soft.
I’m sorry that there are only three bottles left in the cellar. While they could probably last another 3 or 4 years, I think the 2002 is at its prime now. It was a great value back in 2004 when it was $25 per bottle. Unfortunately the 2002 is no longer available, but certainly check the winery for the current release.
$25.00 Gainey Cellar Club