2005 Franciscan Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – 88 points
(USA, California, Napa Valley)
Very nice old world nose with blackberry, plum, clove, and espresso. I really like the medium French oak and vanilla. Color was dark. The palate has very nice start and well structured with nice plum and espresso and strong sour cherries. It was full and bold. This wine was a little hot. The finish was not bad but a little harsh. As good as this wine was I was somewhat surprised that it went stale in the glass kind of fast. I would try again and a good effort.