Go buy some of this and put it away. It's great now but it is likely to improve with a little time in the cellar. Pretty sure that Parker parted with a 90 for this great big red wine that's loaded with lots of black fruit. It's a smidge of delight mixed with a little oak, a little cedar, and a touch of vanilla. It took a while but TWC finally realized that the long finish is dominated by black cherry on the back side of this delightful wine. Black cherry. Mmmmmm.
TWC is partial to St Francis for a number of reasons. The short list is topped by the kid's godfather, who introduced TWC to the winery's benchmark Merlot. Hogan should be happy. I didn't use their in that sentence, thereby avoiding the problem of singular and plural mixation like this: who introduced TWC to their Merlot. Henderson will likewise be happy that it's 14.4% incohol (I am not under the alfluence on incohol, dammit). Secondarily, St Francis, which is owned by Kobrand, dispenses with the notion that only smaller, boutique wineries can make good wine.
Over the course of time, St Francis Cab has sometimes been the poor step sister to its Merlot, but not this time.
And here's why I'm the Commonsewer. Plain talk. This is a good wine. Simple as that. Buy it. Enjoy it. Put some away (I cellared a six pack). Throw a filet on the grill and for $15.00-$22.00 US you can impress that sweet blond chick in apartment 2B. Unless she's a vegan, in which case even the great cheese won't help.
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