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
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.