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Stellenbosch vineyard with Table Mountain in the distance. Cabernet Franc is a grape whose charms have seduced me more and more over the years. When I was younger I usually found it green, hard and dusty, but growers seem to really know how to manage this tricky grape nowadays to produce wines that are smooth, rich and ripe.
Will New Jersey Wineries Finally Get Respect? The ‘Judgment At Don’s House’ Stuns The International Wine Geek Community! New Jersey’s Alba Vineyard tasting room is full of awards and medals but what it needs is a little respect. Wines from New Jersey are the Rodney Dangerfield of the wine world – they don’t get no respect.
We recently tasted through a diverse selection of wines. The 2013 Bernard Baudry, Chinon Blanc was all about the acidity driven tension and mouthfeel. I do not care for purely high acidity wines, rather I like acidity that gives a sense of nervous energy like the wine is alive. The Baudry has that. The 2013 Matthiasson, Chardonnay, Linda Vista Vineyard, Napa Valley grew on me.
… more black fruit, minerals, and pepper before the greenhouse note returned in the finish. It also showed a touch of smoke and ripe citrus. This needs a little age. **(*) 2015-20202. 2011 Bernard Baudry, La Croix Boissee, Chinon – $38 Imported by Louis/Dressner. This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc sourced from 30 year old vines on soils of clay…
… Chinon nestling below the walls of Chinon Castle. This where Joan of Arc met the dauphin of France. “Château Chinon” by Touriste – Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons A bit of a rant Sometimes I despair about how wine is sold in the UK – by many of the supermarkets anyway. At the cheaper end of the price spectrum…
… cherries. The tannin profile was also a bit deeper, allowing it to suit foods with a slightly heaviler weight. Macari 2010Cabernet Franc Lots of juicy black fruit, concentrated black berries, and balance. Curious as to how this award winner (winery earned "winery of the year" from NY Wine & Food Classic) I tried it against an Olga Rauffault Chinon…
… Over the course of a week, I taste a bunch of wine, usually with friends, and almost always with my wife. This past week, I was only in Philly for a handful of hours, but it was long enough to make dinner for my wife and invite a few friends over to celebrate with a few bottles of wine: 2012 Couly-Dutheil Chinon Rosé Domaine René Couly: Retail…