United States → California → Oak Knoll District
esbrown reviewed Trefethen Oak Knoll Estate Cabernet Franc 2002 on December 29, 2005
Looks like a glass of black cherry skins, with medium levels of weight and extraction. On the nose this wine is mysterious. At first there is a burst of vanilla and cocoa powder aromas mixed with dates and plums, but pull a little harder from the glass and a slightly green and medicinal edge forms. At first a mix of light fresh herbs and spice, but it progresses towards mint and then menthol. Effusive and complex, but not entirely enjoyable. The palate is better with bright cherries and raspberries up front that switch to elements of roasted coffee beans, savory herbs and some vanilla-tinged oak. Hearty grape and wood tannins request a little bottle time, but the silky texture begs for current enjoyment.