Pellegrini Vineyards 2004 Cabernet Franc did not disappoint. And this was probably my favorite of the small Cabernet Franc tastings I did from the 2004 vintage.
On the nose I was getting lots of berries, some blackberries, strawberry, blueberries and raspberries. I was also getting a little black cherry and a touch of currant. There was a nice earthy tone, some tobacco and a pleasant cedar aroma in the bouquet.
The initial taste was hot. It needed a little time to get some air into the glass. So a few swirl’s later. I tasted some wonderful plum and black berries. It had a wonderful exotic spice element to it, some coriander and white pepper.
The finish was smooth, with some dried herb and white pepper tastes. There was also a very nice floral, maybe a touch of violet at the end.
This wine I would highly recommends you go and pick up. If you see it in your local shop, grab a bottle or two. It retailed for $19.95, and at that price, this is a great value. It has alot of berries going on here, not too much green, but just loaded with ripe berries.
I drank this by itself and it was wonderful. But I could totally see this with duck breast. Because of the large amount of berries, I would try a reduction sauce for a nice grilled rib eye. Is your stomach growling, because mine is?