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Eponymous 2009 Cabernet Franc - Review

Sonoma Valley, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week March 19, 2012

A bottle of Eponymous 2009 Cabernet Franc, our wine of the week

2009 Cabernet Franc

Sonoma Valley, CA

Robert Pepi founded Eponymous in 2000, when he was given the chance to work with coveted Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. A few years later, he was afforded the opportunity to work with Sonoma's MacAllister Vineyard and Eponymous' line expanded to include other Bordeaux varietals. Today Eponymous produces Cab, Cab Franc and a Bordeaux-style blend as well as a Syrah. The 2009 is the first vintage of Eponymous' Cabernet Franc and we hope it is not the last. The wine is intense from start to finish with black fruit like blackberry and freshly baked black cherry pie on the nose intermingled with a hint of cocoa, bramble and baking spice. In the mouth, the wine is big and classically Californian but with a feminine touch. Black fruit flavors continue in the mouth along with a note of violet and rose petal and more masculine, earthy notes at the back of the palate. Its tannins are fine in texture but provide enough structure to make the wine show well for at least the next five years. Try it with seared buffalo or venison in blackberry sauce or, for a lighter meal, an herb-rubbed pork loin. After dinner, it would work well with an aged blue cheese with dried blueberries and cherries.

Rating: 15/20

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Eponymous 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon

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