Barboursville Vineyards

Reserve Virginia Cabernet Franc

8.8233 ratings
8.740 pro ratings
Virginia, USA
Cabernet Franc
Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Hard Cheese, Blue Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Potato, White Rice, Herbs, Tomato-Based, Pasta, Mushrooms, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Lamb, Turkey, Pork, Duck, Venison
Top Notes For
Michael Chelus

Blackberry, cherry, raspberry, currant, mossy earth and oak. Good structure and moderate tannins.

Blackberry, cherry, raspberry, currant, mossy earth and oak. Good structure and moderate tannins.

May 26th, 2018
Christy Canterbury MW

Master of Wine

8.5

Old school and old world-esque Cabernet Franc. Marked purity & varietal typo city. A winner!

Old school and old world-esque Cabernet Franc. Marked purity & varietal typo city. A winner!

3 people found it helpfulOct 2nd, 2014
Joseph LaPanna

Dark garnet in color with a thin browning rim. Nose was a potpourri of dried roses, burnt orange peal and forest floor. Slightly muted black fruits dominated the core. Plum and blackberries with dried mushrooms, dusty earth rounded out with black pepper and chocolate on the finish. Nice wine that matured beautifully.

Dark garnet in color with a thin browning rim. Nose was a potpourri of dried roses, burnt orange peal and forest floor. Slightly muted black fruits dominated the core. Plum and blackberries with dried mushrooms, dusty earth rounded out with black pepper and chocolate on the finish. Nice wine that matured beautifully.

1 person found it helpfulDec 7th, 2013
Lee Lightfoot

Intriguing nose of fruit leather and pyrazene. Clean and pure but thin and lacking structure

Intriguing nose of fruit leather and pyrazene. Clean and pure but thin and lacking structure

Jan 21st, 2017
Bob Bryden

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

9.3

Wonderfully balanced, with ripe red cherry, blackberry, and bell peppers but with a wonderful floral note and low AbV of 13.5 pct. one of the best Virginia wines I have tasted. Kudos to winemaker Luca Paschina.

Wonderfully balanced, with ripe red cherry, blackberry, and bell peppers but with a wonderful floral note and low AbV of 13.5 pct. one of the best Virginia wines I have tasted. Kudos to winemaker Luca Paschina.

Dec 14th, 2016
Charlie Evans

Little reductive at first and really big but it softened up with a bit of air. Smoky and spicy. Could use a bit more acid.

Little reductive at first and really big but it softened up with a bit of air. Smoky and spicy. Could use a bit more acid.

Jul 30th, 2016
Todd Trzaskos

Smoky red currant nose, fine and balanced red fruit, fresh astringent, concentrated finish.

Smoky red currant nose, fine and balanced red fruit, fresh astringent, concentrated finish.

May 8th, 2016
Michael Chelus

Blackberry, cassis, black cherry, violet, mossy earth, oak and hints of white pepper & licorice. Great structure and moderate tannins.

Blackberry, cassis, black cherry, violet, mossy earth, oak and hints of white pepper & licorice. Great structure and moderate tannins.

Apr 18th, 2016
Perry Riddle

What a pleasant surprise! Great purity and varietal correctness. No green notes.

What a pleasant surprise! Great purity and varietal correctness. No green notes.

Sep 3rd, 2015
Jimmy Smith

Director, West and North London Wine School

9.0

Quite fragrant with earth, mineral, cedar, tobacco and a red plum/cherry note. Good old world feel to it. Good acidity, light tannic structure, red fruited and lightly oaked. Good typicity.

Quite fragrant with earth, mineral, cedar, tobacco and a red plum/cherry note. Good old world feel to it. Good acidity, light tannic structure, red fruited and lightly oaked. Good typicity.

Jul 30th, 2015