Older is sexier.
Rating: One of the must try wines of last year. Graciousness, finesse, and a rock bottom price make it easy to try aged estate wine. $18-24
And "No wine before its time" can't really a valid reason since many of this producer's reds are seriously (decades) ageworthy.
The 2001 Cab Franc is dense in color, refined and balanced in taste and not at all jumpy the way many blending varietals can be. Layered, silky body. This wine has evolved beyond adolescence and into grace. Its finesse makes for a pleasing texture and lovely experience. Hard to believe the price.
This wine came direct from the winery, which runs ridiculous sales on occasion. We have not seen it for sale anywhere outside the winery, either.
As a complete sidebar - Also on the main street in the sleepy western town of Los Alamos is the Twin Oaks restaurant. While it looks like a fading VFW hall, they have what has to be the best grilled artichoke and steak anywhere in the country. Everything is grilled over oak and they do lunch, too. Highly recommended.