Church Creek Cabernet Franc 2011 Produced by Chatham Vineyards

Cabernet FrancOne of the delights to living in Virginia is the changing of the seasons.  Along with the brisk mornings and the changing leaves, red wine sales tend to pick up markedly in the autumn.

Cabernet Franc is another Virginian delight. Classically used as a blending grape, one of Bordeaux’s “Noble Grapes”, Virginia wine growers have been on the forefront of establishing Cabernet Franc as a varietal for the last twenty years.

The Church Creek 2011 Cabernet Franc includes 10% Petit Verdot which provides added weight and color. The dark purple hue in the glass is slightly mysterious but the nose is filled with raspberry, blackberry, plum and licorice.

A silky smooth attack leads to a midpalate that expands to showcase blackberry, red cherry, chocolate and toffee notes.  The finish lingers nicely on the rear of the palate with coffee undertones.

The natural pairing for this wine is braised or grilled beef or lamb.  Well marinated vegetable kabobs with tofu will also accentuate the dark fruit elements of this fine wine.

Drinking very nicely now, this wine will continue to evolve with proper cellaring.  Flavor integration on the midpalate and a slight extension of the finish will reward members who wait even six months before opening.


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