The Michael David Winery Inkblot Cabernet Franc has an SRP of $35 and is available for $28.99 (Saturday Splurge) at Costco. 2,500 cases produced.
From the bottle:
Despite being one of the most planted grape varietals in the world, Cabernet Franc is far less known than its more famous offspring Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes come from a 9 acre vineyard on the west side of Lodi, within close range of the winery. Showing complex aromas of freshly crushed blackberry, plum, pepper and tobacco. It offers black cherry on the mid-palate and a touch of graphite on the finish. Velvet smooth tannins, dense and rich, this wine fills every corner of the mouth with its decadence.
Well this was certainly a nice surprise to see on one of our recent trips to Costco! The Inkblot wines are relatively low production reserve wines made by Michael David Winery (the makers of such excellent wines as 6th Sense Syrah, Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault and Petite Petit). We first encountered the Inkblot line when we visited the winery on our tour of Lodi. We loved the whole line (which also includes a Petit Verdot and a Tannat) but at that time they were only available through the winery. We're overjoyed to see that is no longer the case and that at least one of the wines can be found at Costco (which also helps a bit with the $35 price tag).
The 2013 Michael David Winery Inkblot Cabernet Franc begins with a beautiful aroma of blueberry, blackberry, black raspberry and floral notes. It even smells dusty - just sniffing it makes your mouth begin to water. Tasting the wine does not disappoint. This is a big, dry, dense, chewy and delicious wine full of rich dark fruit, chocolate and spice. Fine, dusty tannins lead into the oaky and earthy finish that also features more dense, rich fruit. This is a fantastic bottle of wine that is most definitely splurge-worthy!
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