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2016 Robert Sinskey Vineyards 'Vandal Vineyard' Cabernet Franc, Carneros, Napa Valley   

RSV’s Cabernet Franc, Vandal Vineyard 2014, exhibits high-tone aromas of violet, oregano and sage — leaving a first impression that suggests old world styling, but with a delicious core of California sun-kissed blackberry and black cherry accompanied by notes of mocha, clove and nutmeg. Brooding concentration and complexity resolve into a focused finish on rails of sleek tannins. Drunk early, the wine will benefit from a swirl in the decanter prior to serving, yet all signs suggest this 2014 vintage has the bones to be cellared with the best of RSV’s Cabernet Francs.