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Graeser Cabernet Franc Estate Grown 2004

Member Review by TerryH:

Nigh poisonous: redolent of fertilizer, goat manure and barnyard. Just avoid. And avoid this producer!!

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Winery: Graeser Winery
Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Franc
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Graeser Winery:
Graeser Winery is permanently closed as of July 2010. They were formerly located in the Diamond Mountain District, in the hills above Calistoga, off of Petrified Forest Road. They produced estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, as well as wines with purchased fruit, including Semillon, Chardonnay, a NV Merlot, Sangiovese, and Zinfandel blends.

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Snooth User: TerryH
175974184
0.50 5
06/14/2009

Nigh poisonous: redolent of fertilizer, goat manure and barnyard. Just avoid. And avoid this producer!!


Snooth User: BearBryant
178885335
0.50 5
05/11/2009

Thin, with little body and less fruit. Tastes of forest floor, bitter cherries and cinnamon red-hots. Seems a little imbalanced in terms of its acid profile, as well, and like it might be suffering from too much volatile acidity (but I noticed that many of this producer's wines have that problem).


Snooth User: BearBryant
178885335
0.50 5
05/12/2009

Fouled and vaguely weedy, with nothing to recommend it. Avoid.


Snooth User: spikeo
24919483
0.50 5
09/05/2009

Fouled, with damp earth, goat droppings and charred cotton along with Limberger cheese. Avoid.


Snooth User: YertletheTurtle
52857249
0.50 5
07/10/2010

Thin, tired, with very little fruit. What little there is is reminiscent of sour cherry. Slight herbal note, too, finishing sharply green. Cork had an off-smell, too. Something seems to be wrong with this producer.


Snooth User: TerryH
175974184
1.00 5
06/14/2009

One glass


Snooth User: TerryH
175974184
0.50 5
Vintage: 2003 06/14/2009

One half glass


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Vintage: 2003 04/07/2011

Situated on the eastern slope of the Mayacamas Mountains, the Diamond Mountain District AVA distinguishes itself from surrounding regions with its varied, sometimes quite steep hillside topography, residual upland soils derived from volcanic parent material, and marine breezes. It is here that Richard Graeser planted vines – Cabernet Sauvignon from a Chateau Montelena vineyard, Cabernet Franc from somewhere in Sonoma near Healdsburg, and Merlot whose origin is unknown. Diamond Mountain wines tend to be more subtle than their valley floor neighbors, with firmer tannins and more evident natural acidity giving more defined structure. This is most likely due to the slightly cooler growing conditions. The Graeser Cabernet Franc gives a good argument for Diamond Mountain terroir. It is a bright saturated ruby and fairly viscous, with aromas of cherry, earth, and cedar. Big and strapping with notes of ripe cherry, earth, and pencil lead, this full bodied wine is well-structured with dusty tannins on the finish. It would be delicious with roast tenderloin of pork with sage and thyme, beef tenderloin with porcini mushroom sauce, or a leg of lamb stuffed with roasted garlic, feta, and basil leaves.



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