Posts Tagged Cabernet Franc

2011 Buty Conner Lee Vineyard Merlot & Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, Washington

If you’re looking for a prototypical, easy-drinking Merlot, this bottling is not for you. But if you’re simply seeking a sublime red wine, this vineyard-designated release will satisfy from the first sniff (high-toned tobacco, black olive, dark... Read more

2011 Eminence Road Cabernet Franc, Elizabeth’s Vineyard, Finger Lakes

From the winemaker: "The fruit for this wine was sorted at the vineyard and again at the winery to remove botrytis affected berries. It was grueling, took forever and nearly one quarter of the grapes were discarded but in the end it paid off. Clean... Read more

2003 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny ‘Les Poyeux,’ Loire Valley, France

Over the past five years or so, with the growth of the natural wine industry, the name Clos Rougeard has entered into the hallowed pantheon of Loire estates. This is not shocking, given the consistency and quality of these wines, which like the best... Read more

2007 Christian Lazo Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles

Opaque dark crimson color, beginning to lighten around the edges. The pretty, perfumed nose delivers dark flowers, black plum, dried cranberry, cigar box spices, and a note of chocolate. These flavors follow through in the mouth, where it gains a... Read more

2011 Mai et Kenji Hodgson ‘O Galarneau’ Vin Rouge, Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Mai and Kenji Hodgson might not entirely look the part of natural winemakers in France -- one is from British Columbia and the other is from Japan -- but this clear tasting, unfussy Cabernet Franc fits the mold. Roasted red pepper jam and dark plum... Read more

2010 Sebastien Bobinet ‘Greta Carbo,’ Saumur-Champigny, Loire Valley, France

Bobinet's name graces some of the most delicious, drinkable wines from the Saumur region, and so it's no surprise that his are a staple at some of Paris' hottest restaurants. Food friendly and yet hardly vapid or light, this Cabernet Franc from... Read more

2010 Marc Plouzeau (Château de la Bonnelière) ‘Les Cornuelles’ Chinon, Loire Valley, France

Chinon may be off the radar for many wine drinkers more accustomed to the "big guns" of Burgundy and Bordeaux, but it's decidedly home to some of the more in-vogue reds, including Rene Mosse's interesting cuvees. Compared to Mosse, Plouzeau's... Read more

2009 Roanoke Vineyards ‘Gabby’s’ Cabernet Franc, North Fork of Long Island

Crafted from grapes grown in just 12 rows of vines on the Roanoke estate, overseen by family patriarch Gabby Pisacano, this limited-release Cab Franc is rich and fruitful. Cherry and currant flavors dominate the palate, with nary a hint of bell... Read more

2010 Roanoke Vineyards Cabernet Franc, North Fork of Long Island

The 2010 growing season was the warmest to date on Long Island. The vineyard was impeccably clean and disease-free. The planets were aligned for the crafting of an outstanding wine. Would the Cabernet Franc deliver? Yes... and then some. From its... Read more

2008 Macari Vineyards Cabernet Franc, North Fork of Long Island

Firm tannins have served this floral wine well, as they’re just beginning to subside and allow the cherry fruit to shine through. Mild earth and eucalyptus notes add to the complexity, and the finish is now quite smooth. Duck or Asian fare... Read more