Cabernet Franc

Murrieta's Well

Small Lot Livermore Valley Cabernet Franc 2015

Shay A
9.3

Today was my annual hosting of the Wednesday Wine Committee. There was 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert, all provided by me. Tasted blind, as always.

Red wine number two. I’ve had a few of these small lot wines from Murrieta’s Well and Robbie Meyer has obviously paid nice attention to them as these are excellent Livermore Valley examples. The merlot was just wonderful and this is close behind. A bit more dense in style than most cab francs, showing sweet and ripe dark fruit all over with a touch of typical Livermore Valley black licorice. Zero pepper to this, and not much savory traits either. I poured this blind for some people and the common guess was Cab/Syrah Blend. Juicy and ripe but deep and concentrated. I think this needs another 2-3yrs but nice with about a two hour decant. Many thanks to
@Jason and Jennie for introducing me to these wines.
— 4 days ago

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@Jason and Jennie : Rhône would be very cool to try from that part of Cali. I need to try that Tempranillo Blend.
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@Shay A i’ll have to get a bottle to you. Also want you to try prospect 772’s livermore petite sirah and mckahn’s (wm harrison winemaker) mouvedre from our property at murrieta’s
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@Jason and Jennie : Totally forgot about the Prospect! Yes, need to try those wines for sure.

Isenhower Cellars

Yakima Valley Cabernet Franc 2017

Happy Record Store Day with an album that isn’t an RSD release. Fully Qualified Survivor by Michael Chapman and a killer Cab Franc from Isenhower Cellars . Music is hypnotic & mellow, wine is pretty much the same. Mostly dark cherries & light tannins. Near term drinker and a beautifully aged record. Happy RSD! — 8 days ago

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Black Swift Vineyards

Desert Valley Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2014

A spectacular Canadian Cabernet Franc from The Okanagan. Dark ruby colour in the glass with a intensely aromatic nose of coffee, cocoa, cola & black fruit. The palate is dry, with excellent structure, substantial acidity and hints of bell pepper, chili pepper, raspberry sauce and slight wet gravel finish. A perfect representation of how amazing Cab Francs can be from Canada. Paired with barbecue chicken thighs, asparagus and scallions. — 14 days ago

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Shawn Thompson

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@P A @Trixie Yes, our Canadian Cab Francs are really taking root. 😉 The vine really seems to love our Northern terroir in both the Okanagan and Niagara Peninsula! Cheers! 🍷
AgeyFixey

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@Shawn Thompson I've made it a new years resolution to try more cab francs this year
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@AgeyFixey Me too! Cheers! 🍷

Smith Story

Sonoma Valley Cabernet Franc 2015

Shay A
9.2

Today was my annual hosting of the Wednesday Wine Committee. There was 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert, all provided by me. Tasted blind, as always.

I served this blind as the first red out of four in a flight of all cab francs. Every person in the room guessed Pinot based on color, and it’s hard to disagree. Certainly more translucent in color compared to most dark Cab francs. Chinon like and as far as the style of the wine itself, I think it’s also Chinon at its core with just a touch of new world flare. Not sure I’ve had such a floral cab franc. Lavender and rhubarb and the finish did a great job of requiring you to get another sip to analyze. Nice complexity. Nothing vegetal or green about this. One of the lightest cab francs I’ve had, and pairs well with lighter style meats.
— 4 days ago

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Sounds delicious!

Clos Rougeard

Les Poyeux Saumur Champigny Cabernet Franc 2012

Very pumped to try this, especially for less than the current retail price on the list at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. One of the more aromatically beautiful wines I’ve had in a long time, with green pepper, some dark earthy / tobacco notes, but a great bit of florality as well. Fine grained tannins with good acidity on the finish. A very complete wine that paired well with a relatively diverse tasting menu. Excellent and a lot of fun. — 2 days ago

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Couly-Dutheil

Clos de l'Olive Chinon Cabernet Franc 2015

Lyle Fass
9.3

Lovely nose. Olive as the name suggests, blackberry, herbs, tobacco and smoke. Smells like Graves. Palate is ripe, rich and balanced. Really terrific balance. Velvety and elegant tannins and lovely freshness and roundness. Young but not inaccessible. In 5 years will slay some dragons. — 8 days ago

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Pierre-Jacques Druet

Grand Mont Bourgueil Cabernet Franc 2002

Was unfamiliar with the producer. Drank at Tasting Group. Didn’t have the oxidation questions I saw in another post. Super classic, dense fruit, pyrazine’y,. Was shocked at how fresh it was. — 9 days ago

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Dendinora

Arnyca Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2014

Shay A
9.4

Today was my annual hosting of the Wednesday Wine Committee. There was 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert, all provided by me. Tasted blind, as always.

Red wine number three. You can tell there is the addition of Howell Mtn fruit in this with its wildly gripping tannins and the smallest hint of mint. Nose smells of American oak (even though this was all French oak)...has that sweet dill/coconut note. Lush blue and black fruits on the palate and cedar. Nutmeg too. Kirsch and dusty finish. Consistently a top performer for Napa Valley CabFranc.
— 4 days ago

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@Shay A : Sounds great!
Nick Hodne

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Interesting - we discussed favorite Cali Cab Francs at Wine Group the other night. I’ve never given this one a look - might pick up a few to try based on your notes!
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@Nick Hodne : If you enjoy the new world expression of CF, this is hard to beat. Fairly new to the scene as ‘13 was their first vintage. I’d also put Crocker & Starr & Detert up there in quality.

Reynolds Family Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Franc Due Diligence

Beautiful garnet color. Very aromatic with notes of violets, raspberries, and bell pepper. Medium plus bodied wine with expressive tastes of strawberries, raspberries, black plums and black pepper. Medium acidity and very refined tannins. An outstanding wine by Steve Reynolds. — 4 days ago

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Broc Cellars

Santa Barbara County Sparkling Cabernet Franc

Pretty perfect. Bright and alive, more complex than your average pink bubbles. Only lightly fizzy, hint of oxidation, really lovely. — 2 days ago

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