Give it a go! Part 4: Cabernet Franc
September 1, 2009
Cabernet Franc is one of the major red grape varieties worldwide. It is principally grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style, but can also be vinified alone, as in the Loire’s Chinon. In addition to being used in blends and produced as a varietal in the New World. Cabernet Franc tends to be more lightly pigmented and produces wines with the same level of intensity and richness. Cabernet Franc tends to have a more pronounced perfume with notes of raspberries, black currants, violets and graphite. It is often characterized by a green, vegetal strike that can range from leaves to green bell peppers. It has slightly less tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon and tends to produce a wine with a smoother mouthfeel. New World examples of Cabernet Franc tend to emphasis the fruit more and may delay harvesting the grapes to try and minimize the green leafy notes. As Cabernet Franc is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, making a bright pale red wine and it contributes finesse and a peppery perfume to blends with more robust grapes. Depending on growing region and style of wine, additional aromas can include tobacco, raspberry, and cassis, sometimes even violets.
Loma Larga Cabernet Franc 2006
Only 570 cases of this wine were produced, this is a fantastic wine. It is a deep inky colour with red purple hues around the edges. The nose is vibrant cassis and red berry flavours with toucjes of liquorice. On the palate it is medium to full-bodied with deep full cassis flavours,spicy wood and chocolate notes. It has well intergrated tannins and a long lasting and lingering finish.