Legado Cabernet Franc 2015

Legado means legacy in Spanish.  Hmmm.  I’m not sure I have a personal legacy at this point.  Although if I keep at this blog long enough …?  I guess for now I’ll have to borrow someone else’s, so to speak.

Oenophilogical_LegadoCabernetFranc2015Winemaker: Legado (by Villafañe y Guzman)
Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2015
Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina

Notes: This Argentinian Cab Franc was very dark in the glass with scents of turpentine, sweet berries, and floral notes in the bouquet.  Medium-bodied with good acidity, the Legado had light tannins.  Alcohol was at 14%.  On the tongue the core flavor was dark cherry.  In addition, I tasted licorice, a touch of rubber, herbal hints and wood.

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.

Barton and Guestier Rosé d’Anjou 2009

Peck_BGRoseDAnjou20009Trumpet fanfare!  This is my first post of tasting notes on a blush/rosé wine.  Why, you ask?  I have to admit that I just haven’t been wowed by any blush wines I’ve had in the past.  Of course, that isn’t fair of me, is it?  So, I’ve decided to bury the hatchet and give rosé wines an honest try.

Vineyard:       Barton & Guestier
Varietal:          Rosé Blend
Vintage:           2009
Appellation:  Rosé d’Anjou
Price:               $10.29

Notes:  This selection is made from 70% Grolleau and 30% Cabernet Franc grapes grown in the Loire valley between Tours and Nantes.  In the glass the wine is – surprise – a light rose color.  On the nose I found strawberry rhubarb pie (without the crust).  On the tongue it’s a light-bodied offering but with sufficient weight to be more than a swig of flavored water.  On the palate I tasted subtle flavors of strawberry, kiwi, and baked rhubarb.  The acidity was good, and it didn’t come across as over-sweet – even at 10.5% alcohol.  I thought it was OK – definitely OK!  As I haven’t been drinking rosés, I’m not certain what foods I would pair this with – maybe a light dinner salad or a light cheese course?

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

The Other Cabernet For A Change

I mentioned in a recent post that I had gone to dinner at a restaurant that had an impressively long and well chosen wine list.  Well, this is another selection from that same amazing list.  I have to admit that I don’t keep track of all the latest hot spots.  Luckily, though, I have friends who do.  And that is how I found myself at The Dutch in SoHo which gave me this great opportunity for a wine experience.  The food at The Dutch was very good, too, by the way.  The atmosphere was warm and inviting.  And the service was outstanding.

Vineyard: Bebame
Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2011
Appellation: El Dorado County, California
Price: $20

Notes:  So often Cabernet Franc is added to a wine that is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (and labeled Cabernet Sauvignon) to settle and soften it a bit while adding some additional complexity, especially to the nose.  This wine, however, is 93% Cabernet Franc with 7% Gamay mixed in.  For me it had a nice core of blackberry fruit flavor, some hints of spice, and pepper on the finish.  Tannins are light and the wine as a whole is medium-to-light bodied.  It’s alcohol content is 12%.  Bebame means “drink me” in Spanish, and I did.  You should too!  I will be keeping my eye out for it at a store near me.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.