White Hall Cabernet Franc 2014

I like a good Cabernet Franc.  So, when I see one on the shelves of my local store, I tend to gravitate toward it like a little rocket ship sucked in by Gorath.  Gorath, for those who haven’t been watching old science fiction movies, is a super dense “wandering” star featured in an eponymous 1960’s Japanese movie.  In addition to this wine being a varietal very frequently used in blending rather than a single star in the bottle, it was made by a vintner in Virginia.  OMG!  The gravitational pull just doubled.

Winemaker:  White Hall Vineyards
Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Vintage:  2014
Appellation:  Monticello, Virginia
Price:  $14.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  This White Hall offering was a pretty ruby in color with scents of red berries, menthol and turpentine in the bouquet.  The body was light and acidity fairly high while tannins were medium.  Alcohol was at 13%.  I got quite a bit of pepper on the palate along with currant, pomegranate and turpentine.  In a perfect world, I would have enjoyed it all the more with less turpentine and more body.  Even so, it was certainly no plonk, especially if you like a racier style of red.

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A Toast!

It has been quite awhile since last I posted.  I apologize profusely for the extreme delay, but I had a darned good (some might say extreme) reason.  I was presented with a surprise – a big surprise – health challenge.  Thus, as you might imagine, that subject has taken pretty much all my focus for a time.  It also prevented me from enjoying adult beverages for a bit.

Now that things are looking a tad brighter, I thought I’d pop a bottle of bubbly stuff to celebrate.  (Don’t worry, I have the doctors’ blessings) So ….  Cheers!

Oenophilogical_AvissiProseccoWinemaker:  Avissi
Varietal:  Prosecco (Glera)
Vintage:  NV
Appellation:  Prosecco DOC, Italy
Price:  $12.49

Notes:  On the nose of this extremely pale sparkling wine I caught a very sharp citrus scent.  On the tongue I thought acidity was good and the body characteristically light.  Flavors consisted of a citrus core with hints of almond and toast.  It was quite bubbly.  I’d even call it aggressively effervescent – almost too much for me.  Even so, I was more than pleased to have the opportunity to let it prick my tongue and tickle my nose.