The nose is rich—mulberry, unsweetened chocolate, and a ripe, meaty, gaminess. The Cabernet Franc leads on the attack, more blackberry than mulberry, with tobacco leaf and unsweetened chocolate. Merlot takes over on the mid-palate, softening to a silky mouthfeel and offering hints of red fruit and fine, dusty tannins. The finish is mid-length with lingering tastes of unsweetened chocolate. Drink with bacon-wrapped filet. Highly Recommended. DH

WHO: Havens Wine Cellars
WHAT: Cabernet Franc (66%), Merlot (34%)
WHERE: Napa Valley, California
WHEN: 2005
HOW MUCH: $45.98

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