By. Neil Williamson, VWJ Editor
Virginia Cabernet Franc can be something like the balance beam in the Summer Olympics, when you hit it right it looks clean and effortless but just a small touch off balance negatively impacts the overall score.
Willowcroft’s 2008 Cabernet Franc impressed the tasting panel with its style and grace. The judges in the Pacific Rim Competition were equally impressed giving this wine a silver medal in that prestigious West Cost contest.
A dark shade of violet in the glass, the color is consistent from rim to rim. The nose includes plum, black berries and licorice.
The plum undertones continue on the slightly viscose attack leading to black cherries and black pepper on the well integrated midpalate. The full memorable finish is highlighted by bright Bing cherries, leather and just a hint of pipe tobacco.
Despite its subtle attack this wine would stand up well to almost any hearty dish. While a savory leg of lamb is the easiest pairing, I believe this wine would go equally well with a heavy Brunswick stew or even well seasoned Cornish game hens.
As a 2008 vintage, this wine is reaching the apex of its flavor profile. With proper aging the wine can survive, though not improve significantly, over the next 24 months.
DRINK NOW – JULY 2014