(RP=93) The 2010 Cabernet Franc Against the Wind (75% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers a deep ruby/purple color, wonderful sweet black and blue fruit, camphor, asphalt and hints of flowers and toasty oak in the background, medium to full-bodied, intensely concentrated flavors, and 10-15 years of drinkability. (AG=91+) (from fruit in the cooler southern end of the valley): Good red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of blackberry, violet and dark chocolate, plus a whiff of tobacco leaf. Sweet, dense and pliant, with lovely depth and a light touch to the dark fruit and floral flavors. Shows more inner-mouth energy and perfume than the merlot bottling, as well as a captivating sugar/acid balance. Possesses a solid tannin/acid spine for aging. An excellent varietal cabernet franc bottling: owner Jonathan Maltus is also the man behind a number of top Saint-Emilion wines (Le Dome, Les Asteries et al) and thus has a track record of working with this variety.