Last week’s Sauvignon Blanc really hit the spot. We tried wines from three different continents andthere were some similarities and some very distinct differences in the group. Week two of our exploration is upon us and this one figures to be a tasting exercise not to be missed as the grape in question is the enigmatic Cabernet Franc!
Cabernet Franc is generally associated with the Bordeaux region of France where it is usually blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot although it came to Bordeaux via the Loire Valley where it has been a mainstay for a very long time as a stand-alone varietal. It is the principle red variety in places like Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur where it makes a medium-bodied red with interesting herb and spice notes along with a crispness not familiar to most American’s taste. In the Loire Valley it makes a wonderful rosé! New World Cabernet Francs tend to have more weight and richness such as the Steele Cab Franc from Lake County California. Lake County is significantly warmer and the results speak for themselves.
Once upon a time, a grape grower crossed Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc and the result of this marriage created a famous child. Can you name it?
Take advantage of this opportunity to try some wonderful Cabernet Franc wines from around the world and expand your wine savvy!
-Bill The Wine Guy
|Caves de Saumur Rosé de Loire (Cabernet Franc)|
|Fresh, dry, and full of strawberry and cherry fruit. Bursting with a clean zestiness that refreshes the palate. A fine selection for seafood, shrimp cocktail, ceviche, or salad.|