Once exclusively a blending grape, Cabernet Franc has come of age as an independent varietal. One of two red grapes seeking to be Virginia’s red wine (Norton being the other), Cabernet Franc grows exceedingly well in the Old Dominion and has a malleable flavor profile dependent on geologic and climatic vineyard conditions.
A 2013 Governor’s Cup Gold Medalist Shenandoah Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc also has earned high praise from The Beverage Tasting Institute (84 points) and Wine Enthusiast (86 points).
In the glass this wine presents with a deep rich brick red hue. Aromas of Plum, licorice and baker’s chocolate fill the nose. The slightly flinty attack has undercurrents of black cherry. The silky smooth midpalate expands nicely to include elements of fig, and chocolate covered strawberry. The firm finish, likely from the use of American oak, lingers with framework of cherry, white peppercorn and plum.
This elegantly styled wine would pair well with most savory dishes. My primary menu selections include Chicken Marsala, Vegetable Lasagna or even a more casual Hawaiian Pizza.
An unfiltered wine I find drinking very nicely now, I fully anticipate with proper cellaring this wine will continue to evolve, especially in the midpalate, over the next 36 months.
DRINK NOW-FALL 2016