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Cabernet Franc…. The next big thing

October 22, 2013

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I know it’s been a seriously long time since my last blog but if I’m going to come back then I am going to come back strong and with my favorite grape.

Ok, if you know me, then you would know that Cabernet Franc is my favorite grape. I think that Cabernet Franc is one of those grapes that doesn’t get the same reputation and acclaim as Cabernet Sauvignon, and no these two grapes are not the same!!!!!

Now you must be wondering, why is Cabernet Franc your Favorite grape? Well to answer that question, I. It’s first say that I love the “funky” quality of the Cab Franc grape. I just love how earthy and dark and rich the wine is.

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The picture above is from my favorite winery in Napa, Pride Mountain Vineyards. The winery is amazing, it sits on the border between Napa and Sonoma counties, and because of this they have to pay double the county taxes because they grow and produce wine in both Counties. The winery itself does not produce many bottles so they prefer Quality over Quantity. This is ever true for Cabernet Franc because they do not have many parcels dedicated for this grape. They also do not sell this wine to stores, only to their wine club members. I was lucky and fortunate enough to get a bottle when my girlfriend and I went there. Usually the winery sells out of the wine within the first few days because of their wine club members, but the owner of the winery gave his personal stock of Cabernet Franc wines so that it can be sold at the winery visitors’ center.

The wine itself is dark, rich, and deep ruby color. On the nose I get earth, oak, leather, and tobacco. On the palate, it’s earthy, with dark rich red fruit with a hint of pepper. With nice tannins that are well balanced and structured, the wine has a long finish and can be aged for years to come. Needless to say my girlfriend and I have a bottle that we are keeping for a future date.

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