Cabernet Franc Week Preview

This week on, I have decided to profile one of, if not my favorite grapes.  Cabernet Franc.

cabernet-francCabernet Franc is one of the major varietals in the world.  It is used when blending the Bordeaux style wine along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  But here on Long Island and around the globe you are starting to see this grape on its own.  Which it should be.

The grape can be traced back as far at the 17th century when it is believe to have been planted in the Loire Valley of France.  It is also believed, according to DNA testing, to be one of the parents of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, the other parent being Sauvignon Blanc.

Some of the typical aromas of the grape, when made into wine are, Raspberry, cherry, plum, strawberry, tobacco, cassis, violets, and green bell pepper.  There also have been notes of dried herbs, minerals, and earthy tones.  This is a light to medium body wine and is lighter in color.  It is a wine that pairs with such foods as wild game, tomato sauces, Ham, pork and veil.  It is also very nice with cheese and pizza.  I personally love it with roasted chicken and pizza.  But I also enjoy this wine all by itself.

I will taste Cabernet Franc from Long Island this week.  Covering the vintages from 2004, 2006 and 2007.  They will be from various vineyards and wineries.  There might even be some teases about a few 2008’s that I have tried from the barrel.

At the end of the week I will tell you my picks from the vintages that I featured…so stay tuned all week.

This will be a fun week for me; I hope that you enjoy this as much as I do.

Let’s raise our glasses to Cabernet Franc…CHEERS!

About Michael Gorton, Jr.

I am a Licensed Funeral Director who is having a love affair with Long Island Wine and the people that make Long Island wine so special. I am married to my wife Melissa and live in Rocky Point. Our first son Gabriel Noel was born on July 27, 2010. We have three cats and one dog.
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2 Responses to Cabernet Franc Week Preview

  1. Looking forward to this, my friend. As you well know, cabernet franc is my favorite red gape.

    Maybe I’ll do a couple francs over on the New York Cork Report/LENNDEVOURS this week and join you in the festivities.

    • Michael Gorton, Jr. says:

      Well it might be my second favorite in the world, but on Long Island it is the best berry around!

      Lets see what you got Mr. LENNDEVOURS. Bring it!

      We could get together for a special 2007 tasting, if you know what I am talking about. 😉


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