Full Review

Bel Vino

Bel Vino
NV Grand Reserve, Cabernet Franc, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4% RS: .01%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$39.95

Bel Vino
NV Grand Reserve, Cabernet Franc, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4% RS: .01%
Dark garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of berry tart, chocolate cherry bonbon, and honeyed herbs with a supple, bright, fruity full body and a smooth, appealing, long creme brulee, pomegranate-tomato chutney, and spicy nougat finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. An attractive and flavor-packed cabernet franc with delicious interplay of fruit and oak.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Savory & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: berry tart, chocolate cherry bonbon, and honeyed herbs
Taste Flavor: creme brulee, pomegranate-tomato chutney, and spicy nougat
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Stroganoff, Roast Duck With Mushroom Cream Sauce, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An attractive and flavor-packed cabernet franc with delicious interplay of fruit and oak.

The Producer

Bel Vino Winery

The Producer
33515 Rancho California Rd
Temecula, CA 92591
USA
1 951-676-6414

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.