Home   Map   Blog Roll   WineCompass   Wine 101   My Compass 

Sculpture Garden Cabernet Franc

Sculpture Garden Cabernet Franc Wine Details
Price: $40.00 per bottle

Description: The 2002 Cabernet Franc is made from hand-picked fruit from our estate vineyards in Bridgehampton. The fruit was de-stemmed, crushed by foot and punched down by hand. Our Cabernet Franc was raised in two French oak barrels for over 18 months, racked three times, and bottled by gravity. The wine is unfined and unfiltered and may throw a sediment. This is a dry, medium-plus bodied, supple red wine full of plum, cassis and black cherry fruit. Delicious now, it will improve from a year or two in the cellar and drink well for at least another five or six years. Enjoy!

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.


Back to Channing Daughters Winery information