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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



Jed Steele Cabernet Franc Lake County 2012
This wine is a mouthful of pleasure: lots of fruit, medium tannins and a long, lingering finish. We would recommend some cellar time for this wine if only to allow all of the great aromas and flavors properly meld.



Peñalolen Cabernet Franc Maipo Valley 2012
“Deep ruby color with pungent dark berries, cherry pit, licorice and herbs on the nose. Juicy and tightly focused, with tangy acidity giving energy and definition to the bitter cherry, cracked pepper and dark chocolate flavors. The wine finishes with firm tannic grip, a peppery echo and good length. “- Antonio Galloni



Domaine des Corbillieres Touraine Cabernet Franc 2012
Deep intense purple red with beautiful aromas of red fruit. The Domaine emphasizes low yields through a severe de-budding of the grapes, and they use leaf-pulling on their reds to encourage ripeness. Pair the wine with roasted chicken, game birds, & veal.



Ironstone Cabernet Franc Lodi 2013
Ironstone Vineyards Cabernet Franc, grown in a variety of distinct growing regions, is known for its balance and medium body. The nose is full of bright berry fruit and toasty vanillas. On the palate, flavors include cherry, raspberry with oak undertones.



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.


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