Decanter 95 points for Peter Franus Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon
ABS Wine Agencies, Wed 02 Mar 2022
Congratulations to Peter Franus Wines for the recent rating in Decanter Magazine for Brandlin Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Peter Franus Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley 2018 - 95 Points
MCK - 96, JD - 93, SN - 96
"Peter Franus first made an own-label wine back in 1987, continuing as winemaker for Mount Veeder Winery and subsequently Franciscan until striking out on his own from 1992. From the early 200s he decided to focus more on the best vineyard sites and produce less wine of better quality. In 2016, he returned to his early winemaking roots to make a first Cabernet Sauvignon from Brandlin vineyard under his own name. The Cabernet block sits on a hilltop ridge, and the 2018 vintage is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon matured in 65% new French oak barrels.
MCK - Mint and fresh berry aromatics. Crisp, well balanced, tannins, firm yet fine-grained. Good degree of elegance.
JD - Coffee-vanilla aromas, rich and concentrated, savoury and herbal with roasted meat notes
SN - High intensity of floral notes with some blue plum and a tick of herbal, lavender-like aspects. With a good velvety structure, this has a soft and mellow finish. "