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2Hawk

2Hawk
2014 Cabernet Franc, Rogue Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$30

2Hawk
2014 Cabernet Franc, Rogue Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2%
Medium violet color. Fruity, green aromas and flavors of spiced berries and clementine, peppers, tomato skin, and clay with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length finish that shows notes of chocolate cherries and craisins, vanilla nut brittle, and leaves with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice juicy, chewy cabernet franc with appealing flavors and style.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: spiced berries and clementine, peppers, tomato skin, and clay
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of chocolate cherries and craisins, vanilla nut brittle, and leaves
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Herb Crusted Lamb Chops, Pasticcio, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice juicy, chewy cabernet franc with appealing flavors and style.

The Producer

2 Hawk Winery & Vineyard

The Producer
2335 N Phoenix Rd
Medford, OR 97504
USA
1 541-779-9463

Cabernet Franc

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Franc is very closely related to cabernet sauvignon; it is widely presumed that cabernet franc is just a well established mutation. It is ideally suited to cooler climates, as it buds and ripens earlier than cabernet sauvignon. Additionally, it is less susceptible to poor weather during harvest. In the Medoc and Graves region of Bordeaux, where it typically constitutes about 15% of the final blend, it is seen as a measure of insurance against poor cabernet sauvignon or merlot weather. Cabernet franc used to be planted almost as widely as cabernet sauvignon in Bordeaux well into the 60s, but cabernet sauvignon had swung into such favor that 30 years later it had twice the acreage of cabernet franc.

Cabernet franc tends to be lighter in color and tannins than cabernet sauvignon, with an earlier-maturing character. On Bordeaux's Right Bank, cabernet franc has a stronger foothold, and is best known as the dominant grape in the blend for the famed château, Cheval Blanc. It is the most widely planted red varietal in the Loire, where it yields lighter wines, like Chinon, with distinct herbal overtones. US cabernet francs are still largely in the experimental stage; there is a huge spectrum of interpretations, from heavy Napa wines to lighter styles from the East Coast.

Cabernet Franc is noted for its deep ruby red color and peppery, spicy character. It has moderate tannins and good acidity. Generally a Cabernet Franc should be consumed with some age - at least five years - while the finest versions drink well for more than twenty years.

Pair Cabernet Franc with hearty foods such as wild game, game birds and roasts.