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Outer Coastal Plain Cabernet Franc

Outer Coastal Plain Cabernet Franc Wine Details
Price: $22.00 per bottle

Description: The 2008 Outer Coastal Plain Cabernet Franc was harvested from our vineyard on October 6, 2008. It was fermented to dryness over 14 days with a S.cerevisiae originally isolated from a Languedoc terroirs. After fermentation, it was transferred to Air-Dried Oak casks for a period of 28 months. The final assemblage was 95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, all grown in the Outer Coastal Plain. With an unexpected firmness and smoothness despite its medium body, our Cabernet Franc has a lasting finish of green peppercorns and rich espresso. A great wine to savor with cheeses, or pair with game, light cuts of meat, and Mediterranean dishes. 87 Point winner at the World Wine Championships – Beverage Testing Institute describe the wine as: “Dark garnet black color. Dried lavender, thyme honey, wild berry and tomato on the vine aromas. Supple and round with a dryish medium-to-full body. Herb de Provence, crunch apply and dusty mineral notes rise on the crisp, chewy tannin finish.”

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Franc:
Cabernet Franc is an accessible, spicy, herbal, dark blue grape variety that is often compared to Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannin than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Sometimes the French refer to Cabernets, which could mean either of the two grapes. Its typical aromas include an herbaceous and pronounced peppery nose, even in ripe fruit, and something eerily like tobacco. The Cabernet Franc ripens at an earlier stage, which gives it reason to exist in the Bordeaux area. In the Loire, where we find it a lot, it gives a clear red fresh and fruity wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.


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