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Price: $19.95 per bottle

Description: A 50-50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this wine takes the best qualities of each for a grape match made in Heaven. Fruit forward in its youth with black raspberry and hints of cranberry and cassis, there are oak nuances waiting to evolve over the months and years. Sweet and spicy, the oak aging is adding cinnamon, clove, black and white pepper and just a touch of ginger. The often maligned Cabernet Franc is an under-estimated value-added element to this bottling with light astringency that creates a gentle framework for the charming fruit element. Firm, smooth and elegant, this wine will satisfy for a good while to come and will accompany white meats such as veal and pork, particularly veal scallopini. Try it also with mild cheeses, maybe Camembert or Provolone.

Varietal Definition
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.
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.


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