Posts tagged Cabernet Franc
Domaine du Pallus 2017 Chinon 'Messanges'

Winemaker Bertrand Sourdais has quite the pedigree with a winemaking career that includes stints at Mouton-Rothschild in Bordeaux, Santa Rita in Chile, and Palacios in Priorat.  Upon the 2003 retirement of his father, Sourdais returned to helm the family estate in France’s Loire Valley.

Domaine du Pallus is at the heart of Chinon - Cravant-les-Côteaux.  Sourdais embraces traditional biodynamic viticulture in these stony, silica-laced soils, but in the cellar he becomes a revolutionary.

He uses extended maceration, sometimes up to thirty days, and a long-slow elevage in Bordeaux barrels to reveal “the true personality of Chinon.”  These wines are handled less and bottled later that most others in that region.

The ‘Messanges’ bottling is made from younger Cabernet Franc vines and is perfect for recreating a French-bistro dinner at home.

The wine is mouthwateringly fresh with high-toned red currant and bitter cherry.  It is vibrantly floral with tiny hints of tobacco spice.

Calcu 2015 Cabernet Franc

Calcu is one of those rare wineries that always outperforms its price point by so much that every sip tends to stun you. And the Cabernet Franc may be the most stunning wine in the entire line.

This might be a result of Winemaker Rodrigo Romero’s belief that Cabernet Franc will someday be the signature grape of Chile.

This 100% Cabernet Franc comes from a single vineyard block on the Maquis Estate located between the Chimbarongo Creek and the Tinguiririca River, an ideal site for Cabernet Franc.

92 points! Crushed stones, slate, lavender and violets. Full body, grainy tannins, so much pretty blue fruit character, vibrant acidity and a subtle, mineral finish. Linear and sexy. Drink now.
— James Suckling
Boeger 2016 Cabernet Franc

The vineyards of Boeger Winery are on a California Gold Rush homestead, but it wasn’t until 1972 that things finally panned out. That was the year that Greg and Sue Boeger purchased the property and created the first winery since Prohibition in the El Dorado AVA.

These are complex and diverse vineyards.  A dense, steep and maze-like patchwork of foothills host a wide variety of micro-climates.  Five major agricultural soil types are here and vineyard elevation can transition from 1200ft to 3500ft in a very short distance.

 The diversity of soil types, climates and topography enable Boeger to succeed with a multitude of grape varietals, twenty-two in total.   The intense California sun gives generous ripeness and cold mountain breezes preserve acidity.

 Boeger Cabernet Franc is a blend of 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.  

The wine has aromas of black licorice, plum, Shishito pepper, and slight herbaceousness. It is medium weight, with smoked pepper flavors on the palate and a clean finish with silky tannins.