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Amalthea

Amalthea
2015 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24.99

Amalthea
2015 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
Medium garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dark berry and tomato compote, baker’s chocolate in a cedar box, mesquite honeycomb, hints of perfumed tobacco, and India ink and tomato vine with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long black raspberry creme brulee, cocoa toffee, and spiced pomegranate seeds and peaches finish with light oak. A complex and enticing cabernet franc with great varietal typicity and sense of place.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Savory & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: dark berry and tomato compote, baker's chocolate in a cedar box, mesquite honeycomb, hints of perfumed tobacco, and India ink and tomato vine
Taste Flavor: black raspberry creme brulee, cocoa toffee, and spiced pomegranate seeds and peaches
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Pork With Grilled Peaches, Grilled Duck Breast With Fruit Compote, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex and enticing cabernet franc with great varietal typicity and sense of place.

The Producer

Amalthea Cellars

The Producer
209 Vineyard Rd
Atco, NJ 08004
USA
1 856-768-8585

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.