Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cabernet Franc, What's That?

That's a good question. Cab Franc, as it is otherwise known, is a totally different grape from Cabernet Sauvignon. It's actually one of the parents of Cab Sauv! A long time ago somebody crossed Cab Franc with Sauvignon Blanc and the result was Cab Sauv. Cab Franc is a fairly thin skinned grape with larger berries so the resulting wine tends to be lighter on tannins which means a very smooth mouth-feel. Don't let that fool you though it is packed with flavors and aromas. Notes of raspberries, black currants, violets and coffee are typical with aromas of herbs and green vegetables sometimes coming through. Cab Franc grows very well in places all over the world, but it's most famous location is in Bordeaux, France where it is often used as a blending wine. The Grand Valley AVA (Palisade) is one of those places where it does well. Many CO wineries are producing a Cab Franc and I think most of them do it pretty well. Our Reserve Cabernet Franc is aged in mostly new French oak barrels for 18 months, which imparts intense smoke and vanilla flavors. It is also a consistent gold medal winner from various competitions around the country. Give Cab Franc a try, I know you'll love it.

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