We've posted a few times lately about having different tasting experiences the second time we drank the same wine (see "Wattle Creek Malbec - an Enigma," "Why You Should Always Buy Two Bottles," and "Every Bottle Can't be a Winner". Last night, we opened a bottle of 2005 Artesa Cabernet Franc (Alexander Valley, Limited Release) that we had purchased after sharing our first two bottles with Jeff's parents. This time, we were enjoying the wine for a second time two years later.
The verdict is in (drumroll please)...
It's still very, very good.
If you read this blog with any regularity, you know we are huge Cabernet Franc fans (see our recent post, "Cabernet Franc - tasty all on its own). Even for a favored varietal, Artesa's 2005 Cabernet Franc really stands out. It has a subtle smell of herbs and cocoa and has a dark fruit taste that reminded us of dark fruit like black currant. The wine was silky smooth with nicely concentrated flavors and a little hint of alcohol on the finish. This flavor combo paired well with Jeff's flank steak and summer vegetables and Sally's bistro burger and fries at Terra.
The wine is 81% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Merlot with all the grapes coming from Alexander Valley (read the winemaker's notes here).