This Ironstone Cabernet Franc 2004 is interesting. I can’t say that I love it or that I would want to have it again, but it is because of my personal taste, not because the wine is inferior. I have been letting the wine breathe and it has mellowed, making it taste better now then it was 20 minutes ago. It is a translucent purple in the glass. The nose gets better with air — at first it had a musty aroma — but after breathing it is fruity. The taste, at first, was sharp and acidic. But, after breathing it is balanced with medium body, blackberries, and cherries and quite tannic.
My recommendation is to open this bottle about 20 minutes before it is served. My opinion went from “I don’t like it” to “Mmmm, this is pretty good” after letting it breathe.