(77% cabernet franc, 20% petit verdot and 3% merlot): Good bright ruby. Aromas of bitter chocolate and oak char lifted by violet and a leafy note. Then juicy, spicy and a bit youthfully imploded in the mouth, but showing more verve than the Tempest. A rocky quality contributes precision to the dark berry flavors. This became creamier with aeration without losing its energy. Smooth but not at all overly sweet, finishing with a saline nuance and very good length.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2011
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90
Rich and intense, this red is marked by the herb, tobacco, sage and dried berry flavors of its main grape, Cabernet Franc. Full-bodied, concentrated and tightly wound, firmly tannic and slow to unfold, but does so in spades, gaining complexity on the finish. Needs time. Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. 360 cases made.
Drink Dates: 2013-2021
Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
The 2008 The Falstaff (77% Cabernet Franc, 20% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot) could easily be RealmƒA?A?s version of a St.-Emilion. This wine has an opaque purple color and subtle hints of tobacco leaf, licorice, black raspberry, and blueberry. Made in an elegant, medium to full-bodied, very flowery style that clearly highlights the large Cabernet Franc component, there is an ethereal richness to this wine, and as it sits in the glass, notes of black raspberry and crushed rock also appear.