Cabernet Franc

    Bloomer Creek Vineyard 2011 Vin d’ete Cabernet Franc

    This isn’t a wine that everyone is going to appreciate. As some would say, this is a cab franc lover’s cab franc. You need to appreciate the earthiness of the grape — the herbal edges too. Bloomer Creek Vineyard 2011 Vin d’ete Cabernet Franc ($18) isn’t driven by bold fruit flavors. The cool, wet 2011 vintage saw to that.

    9 readers - By Lenn Thompson/ New York Cork Report

    Whole Foods Chianti Delivers Taste At Low Price

    Whole Foods Chianti Delivers Taste At Low Price 365 Chianti with tortellini. 365 Chianti 2011, Italy Cost: $7.99 What: With Whole Foods opening in Augusta last week I thought I’d check out their wine offerings. I was impressed. There are plenty of high end wines for special dinners, but they also have many good wines at the low end of the price scale, including some at $2.99.

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      Review of Landon Winery’s Reserve Meritage 2006

      Texas Wine Lover - - 8 readers - The post Review of Landon Winery’s Reserve Meritage 2006 appeared first on Texas Wine Lover. We happened to have some free time this past week while in the Dallas area and decided to pop into Landon Winery in McKinney, Texas. I had read about them and had seen many comments on how great the wines were, but I needed to find out for myself.

      Washington wine community mourns, remembers Eric Dunham

      Great Northwest Wine - - 8 readers - Eric Dunham of Dunham Cellars is remembered by the Washington wine community as a talented winemaker, a gregarious personality and friend to all. (Photo courtesy of Dunham Cellars) WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Most of the Washington wine industry stood still in shock and sadness Friday upon hearing the news that one of its most creative and cherished winemakers died.

      When losers become winners: How a bad appellation can make you a cult wine

      STEVE HEIMOFF - - 7 readers - When I was a working wine critic, people said I possessed a certain amount of power. Maybe so, but I never was in a position to dictate to a winery what appellation they were entitled to use on the label! If I had been an official taster with the Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité, the French quasi-governmental agency that regulates the appellation contrôlée syst ...

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    • Aux Plantes 2010

      … Ch. de Bel cellarsPicture by Sari Wines & Spirits "Aux Plantes" 2010 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 14% abv; 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc It doesn't say so on the label but this is made my Mr. Cazenave of Château de Bel. This is old school Bordeaux. As explained by Larry Sari of Sari Wines: "Cement tanks. Daily pump overs and "batonage" by hand…

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    • Whither Napa Valley Cabernet? Part III: Cakebread Cellars

      … of 84 percent cabernet sauvignon, six percent each merlot and cabernet franc and four percent petit verdot. This is a valley-wide wine, its components deriving from vineyards throughout the appellation. It aged 18 months in French oak, 54 percent new barrels. The color is deep ruby-red with a magenta rim; a full-blown woodsy bouquet of moss, loam…

      5 readers - Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head
    • Livermore Stories: Pat Paulsen Vineyards

      … pioneers, including George Yount and Nathan Coombs. It’s one of Monty’s most complex wines, with black fruits, rose, tobacco and caramel. It has a chewy, dense texture. Monty says it is big and bold, perfect for a steak dinner. “I’ve probably been cranking out too many sub brands,” Monty admits. “But I’m having a lot of fun.” Photos courtesy Pat Paulsen Vineyards …

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    • Moon Mountain 2006 Estate Cabernet Franc, Sonoma Valley

      … of pencil shavings. For me the finish had a chalkiness. Notably absent for me was the green pepper flavor which, in small doses, can be great. In larger concentration, it signals a young or badly made Cabernet Franc. Will I see wines from Moon Mountain again? Probably not likely. The vineyard has been acquired by a large wine producer. They have been…

      4 readers - Toledo Wines and Vines
    • The javelin fails

      … Château de Fesles Cabernet Franc "La Chapelle" Vieilles Vignes 2012 This was an attractive little wine. It is primary and fruit-forward now, though perhaps a bit reductive: blueberries, tobacco and a lovely fresh, leafy greenness. Fairly light in body but with ripe fruit. The acidity isn't terribly high, nor is it hugely tannic, yet somehow…

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    • The Event: Wines of Chile, Toronto trade show

      …. **** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms): -Calcu Winemaker's Selection Colchagua Valley, $45 Don Ackerman -Carmen Gold Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Alto Maipo, $65 Charton Hobbs -Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo, $69.95 +315176 -Errazuriz Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Aconcagua Costa 2011, $23.95 +203364…

      2 readers - Dean Tudor/ Gothic Epicures VinCuisine
    • Quick Sip: Faust Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

      … Hello Friends, Today’s Quick Sip is the Faust Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Faust label is the creation of Chilean born Agustin Huneeus, who has been in the wine industry his entire professional career; starting in 1960 as Chief Executive Officer of well-known Concha y Toro. Along with his wife Valerie, Agustin founded Quintessa…

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    • Halloween, Wine and Ghost Stories

      … Bianco, Cortese, Arneis, Erbaluce and Favorita. The region also offers grape varieties more familiar to most of the US population. These include: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Trebbiano, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Tannat. I recently checked the website for our local Total Wine shop and found more than 100 wines from the Piedmont region available with a wide range of prices. Cheers! Kathy …

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    • When losers become winners: How a bad appellation can make you a cult wine

      …. In wine, pretty much the same thing happened when Piero Antinori launched Tignanello, in 1971; because he blended the Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the Italian government wouldn’t let him label it Chianti Classico. He had to use the lowly “Toscana” appellation. But it didn’t exactly hurt Tignanello, which became a collector’s…

      7 readers - STEVE HEIMOFF
    • Wines of the Week: My Top Choices

      … with the author of the wine bible, Karen McNeil who does not like to decant PN, instead she likes to see it evolve in the glass. Trust me, decant this puppy for a full flavored thrill ride. This wine is $54 and I scored it, 93 points. Jumping from Burgundy to Bordeaux, let's take a trip to tasty town via Chateau Teyssier, a Saint Emilion Grand Cru…

      Bill Eyer/ Cuvée Corner Wine Blog
    • The last vintage from Berry Hill Vineyard

      … Nancy had queried about the status of Berry Hill on the Virginia Wine Mafia Facebook page, I contacted David. Berry Hill Vineyard was still open and he still had about a case of 2013 vintage Petit Verdot avaiable and had recently released his 2013 Cabernet Franc. We had tasted both last year while still in barrel. I made arrangements with David…

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