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93 points, Peter Franus 2017 Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon, Vinous

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Brandlin Vineyard is a gorgeous Mt. Veeder Cabernet. Black cherry, grilled herbs, menthol, licorice, game, incense and graphite infuse the 2017 with striking savory layers of nuance. Dark and muscular with powerful tannins, the 2017 needs time to come into its own. Even so, it is impressive in the early going.- Antonio Galloni (Jan. 2020) 

Reviews

Over the decades Peter Franus Wine Company has received numberous reviews in a number of industry publications.  These are some of the more recent we have been fortunate enough to have had featured. 

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94 points, Peter Franus 2017 Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine Spectator

Very solidly built, with a frame of warm earth and singed juniper around a core of steeped plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors. Lots of sassafras and sweet bay leaf notes gild the finish, leaving a mouthwatering echo. Drink now through 2032. (March 15, 2021) 

93 points, Peter Franus 2017 Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon, Vinous

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Brandlin Vineyard is a gorgeous Mt. Veeder Cabernet. Black cherry, grilled herbs, menthol, licorice, game, incense and graphite infuse the 2017 with striking savory layers of nuance. Dark and muscular with powerful tannins, the 2017 needs time to come into its own. Even so, it is impressive in the early going.- Antonio Galloni (Jan. 2020) 

92 points, Peter Franus 2017 Napa Valley Merlot, Vinous

The 2017 Merlot is absolutely gorgeous, Supple and pliant, with lovely depth and soft curves, the 2017 offers plenty of near- and medium-term appeal. Dark cherry, plum, espresso, menthol, licorice and spice notes give this fruity Merlot a good deal of complexity. This is such a delicious wine.
- Antonio Galloni (January 2020)

95 points, Peter Franus 2016 Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon, Vinous

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Brandlin Vineyard is positively stellar. Inky dark blue and purplish fruit, lavender, jasmine and sweet spice notes are pushed forward. The 2016 melds together rich, inky fruit with plenty of Mt. Veeder savoriness that lurks below. Ample and creamy in feel with terrific resonance, the 2016 has so much to offer.
- Antonio Galloni (January 2020)

91 points, Peter Franus 2016 Brandlin Vineyard Zinfandel, Wine Enthusiast

A field blend of Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Charbono and Carignan, this wine impresses in its opening notes of leather and cigar. Thick and concentrated, with generous oak and tannin, it shows brooding flavors of blackberry, dark chocolate, dust and rock. —V.B.  (November 2020)

93 points, Peter Franus 2018 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Wine Enthusiast 

With a lively floral nose, this wine is textured, creamy and high toned. Peach, Meyer lemon and dried herb combine effortlessly across a midpalate of crisp acidity that leads to a focused, lengthy and clean finish.  -V.B. (August 2020)

91 points, Peter Franus 2018 Napa Valley Chardonnay, JamesSuckling.com

Pretty aromas of honeysuckle, white peach, yoghurt and smoked almonds. More white blossoms on the palate. It’s medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a smooth, lightly oily texture. Drink now.  -James Suckling (December 2020) 

90 points, Peter Franus 2017 Napa Valley Chardonnay, Wine Enthusiast

Floral and youthful in lively acidity, this is a nicely made, balanced and moderately weighty white. Stone, mineral and a thread of apple skin provide a measured level of fruity fleshy flavor that holds onto some nuance and complexity.  -V.B. (Aug. 2019)

93 points, Peter Franus 2018 Red Hills Mourvèdre, Wine Enthusiast

This full-flavored and full-bodied wine wraps deep blackberry and roasted meat flavors in firm but fine-grained tannins for a texture that bodes well for aging. Made from the Fore Family vineyard at 3,000 feet elevation, it is mouthfilling and rich but still maintains great balance. Best from 2023–2030. Cellar Selection. —J.G. (March 2011)

93 points, Peter Franus 2018 Red Hills Zinfandel, Wine Enthusiast

Full bodied and snuggly wrapped in velvety tannins, this wine sports black-pepper aromas and vivid cranberry and blackberry flavors that will need an extra-rich dish for a good pairing, or some time in the cellar to soften the tannins. Best from 2025. Cellar Selection. -J.G. (March 2021)

-Peter and our importer Michiyo Hagio in Tokyo