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Cabernet Franc Artist Series - Cucamonga Valley

Cabernet Franc Artist Series Reserve - Cucamonga Valley Wine Details
Price: $28.00 per bottle

Description: Cabernet Franc, a significant component in many Bordeaux blends is a fruitier relation of Cabernet Sauvignon, less herbaceous and less tannic but more aromatic. Grown at the historic Hippard Ranch Estate Etiwanda (Est 1882), 2001 Cabernet Franc offers dark hues of red and purple with medium depth. Aromas of black currant and blackberries with hints of mint and caramel undertones. Full bodied with ripe round tannins and a spicy finish that goes the distance. Balanced complexities of berry fruit and oak make it a delicious and most interesting pour. Excellent with stronger vegetables such as eggplant and zucchini, rich cheeses, flavorful red meats and game including roasted hen and quail. Enjoy now or cellar through 2006.

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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