Pearson's 2007 Cabernet Franc is dark ruby-colored. The aromatics are slightly muted but with coaxing give up aromas of cigar box, cinnamon, clove, and black currant. A bit tightly wound on the palate, the wine has ample fruit and should offer harmonious drinking in 2-3 years.
Pearson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 is described as, "deep ruby. Red berries, cherry and smoky herbs on the nose. Pliant and sweet but energetic too, with strong mineral lift to its raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. The minerality gains power with air and adds cut and tanginess to the long, sweet, spicy finish."
Pearson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 described as "Deep ruby. Red berries, cherry and smoky herbs on the nose. Pliant and sweet but energetic too, with strong mineral lift to its raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. The minerality gains power with air and adds cut and tanginess to the long, sweet, spicy finish."
Pearson Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc, 89 points, Ruby-red. Â Smokey red- and black current aromas are complicated by notes of tobacco and cedar and lifted by subtle floral quality.Â Firm and energetic, offering lively red berry flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. Fleshy, supple and sneakily sweet, with good finishing clarity and only a hint of tannins.
Vivid red color. Red- and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by smoked meat, tobacco and fresh flowers. A subtle vanilla note builds and carries onto the palate, which features sweet red berry and bitter cherry flavors and a late note of dark chocolate. I like the restraint and balance of this wine, which finishes with an echo of tangy red berries and gently gripping tannins.
Dark red. Vibrant raspberry, cherry and black currant aromas complicated by fresh rose, white pepper and black tea. Crisp on entry, favoring red fruits, then loosens up with air to display an array of fresh dark berries, with subtly chocolate and espresso notes adding depth. Slow-building tannins carry through the long, juicy finish, with gently oak spice adding sweetness to this suave, juicy midweight. Hold off on opening this for at least another three or four years to allow the primary fruit to settle down.
Blueberries, violets, earth, graphite, and spice aromas jump from the glass of the 2004 Cabernet Franc (5% Cabernet Sauvignon is included in the blend). Aged in 3-year old French 300 liter hogsheads for two years, this fragrant, intense, Bordeaux-like effort exhibits sweet tannin, a beautiful texture, and an impressive sense of elegance as well as complexity. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
Possibly the finest Cabernet Franc, made in Australia, Pearson's 2003 (boasts notes of blueberries, raspberries, mint and cedar. This complex, nuanced red exhibits a dense, rich personality with nearly rustic tannin as well as tremendous depth and intensity. A tour de force in winemaking. It will drink well for 10-12 years.
The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon offers smoky notes of graphite, black currants, cedar, and underbrush. Full-bodied, moderately tannic, pure, and natural tasting, this beauty should be at its finest between 2008-2020+.