Winesmith Cabernet Franc Sonoma County 2005
The Penny Farthing 2005 Cabernet Franc: Cabernet Franc done right is perhaps the most elegant and profound of reds. As befits an elder noble variety, it is more refined and graceful than its brawny offspring, Cabernet Sauvignon. But here is proof that California can offer rich fruit and ample structure as well. Prof. Pascal Ribereau-Gayon, who directed the Faculty of Oenology at the University of Bordeaux, once remarked that in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc is so refined that sometimes it forgets to exist. Not so in California, heaven knows! The nose of this Sierra Foothills vineyard is defined around an aroma reminiscent of elderberry preserves, intriguingly consorted by scents of cinnamon, olive and aromatic cedar. But in California, our challenge is to balance this vine's weed-like vigor, for which limiting soil, careful attention to water balance and no tillage cover crop were employed. There is no trace of the dry tannin and green flavors that mar this variety in circumstances of unmanaged canopy and lifeless soil. This wine will not always show itself in precisely the same manner. Such capacity to reflect and transform its environment is a defining mark of nobility in fine wine. It loves wild mushrooms, and would prefer herb-roasted chicken or grilled veal over beefsteak. Candlelight and music will only accentuate our melancholy when it's all gone. Technical Notes: Appellation: California Production: 502 Cases Alcohol: Adjusted to 13.5% Elevage: 15 months in French oak imparted nuances of spice, toffee and chocolate Return to Grapecraft-Wine Smith wine list
This wine is stellar. Smells like an expensive California Cabernet Sauvignon. Tastes like one as well with some light oak. Very ripe fruit flavors mixed with earthy flavors. Great mix of new world and old world flavors. Lots of versatility with food. I ate it with a whole wheat portobello mushroom pizza. Drinking perfectly right now and it's my first Cab Franc.
I got this wine for half price on closeout. Even at the normal price, this is a great deal. The nose is nice and fruity, but not overly so, as can happen with CA wines and there is a hint of chocolate. A bit of oak is there, and the tannins are soft and supple. Drink now.
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