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Price: $32.00 per bottle

Description: Our total production of this Bordeaux varietal is normally blended into our Cabernet Sauvignon for additional spice and complexity, but when the vintage is extraordinary we feel compelled to offer an EOS Cabernet Franc release as well. We are proud to offer this bottling as one of our finest 2001 wines. Truly a spice bomb, ripe aromas of cherry and orange peel are overlaid with white pepper, nutmeg and bay leaf. Medium-bodied with berry and walnut flavors, the finish is velvety-smooth. Great with veal rigatoni or butternut squash soup, it is spicy enough for most Italian or Mexican cuisine. Enjoy now or age for up to six years.

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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