This was a TERRIFIC Cabernet Franc red from the Loire. Lots of character, flavor, and ageing potential.
Eye: Extremely saturated black mulberry color.
Mouth: Concentrated, ripe, and tannic, with surprisingly full body (for a wine from this northerly, cool region) and unsurprisingly good acidity. Youthful flavors of ripe cassis and blackberry, with, again, lots of stony minerality.
Cellar or drink? Although enjoyable now, this wine will clearly be better in 2-4 years.
Price/store: Was $22.99 at Houston Wine Merchant (on South Shepherd).