Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Rappahannock Cellars 2010 Cabernet Franc Reserve, Virginia

So this is what all the fuss is about!

Last summer when we attended the North American Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville, we had a chance to sample a wide variety of Virginia wine. No doubt about it, Virginia is on the move and making its name as a wine destination.

Most of the focus was on the “state grape,” Viognier. While good, it never sent quivers up my spine.

Virginia has also gained a reputation for classy Cabernet Franc, of which we’re big fans. We were able to review the 2009 Rappahannock Cellars Glenway Vineyard Cab Franc and it was tasty indeed. But our story concluded with the comment that the Finger Lakes and Ontario remained kings of Cab Franc. The latest reserve Cab Franc from Rappahannock Cellars may cause me – and many others -- to change views.

The 2010 Rappahannock Reserve Cab Franc is simply as good as it gets. Made with 90% Cab Franc grapes from the Indian Springs Vineyard and 10% Merlot, it offers a deep ruby red color and an aroma of concentrated cherry and black fruit. On the palate this is an elegant symphony of flavors with black cherry and raspberry interlaced with black pepper. The medium to full body completes the package with a finish that has significant “hang time.” It retails for $36 but I understand it is only available through the wine club.

We dig Cab Franc because its edgier than Cabernet Sauvignon. To be a good Cab Franc, the wine must embrace its “Cab Franc-ness” and this surely does. This is Cab Franc of the highest quality and one of the best Cab Francs we have experienced.

Full disclosure: We received this as a marketing sample.

Rating: 5 of 5  Value: 5 of 5
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