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Black Willow Winery

Black Willow Winery
2014 Cabernet Franc, New York State

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: <1%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$16.95
2015 World Value Wine Challenge Runner Up Reds

Black Willow Winery
2014 Cabernet Franc, New York State

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: <1%
Bright medium ruby black color. Bright, earthy aromas of berry tart, key lime pie, and pepper with a soft, puckering, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, rapid cranberry sauce, raspberry skin, and flax seed finish with leafy tannins and light oak. A light, zesty red for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Savory, juicy & smooth, fruity & crisp & lively
Aroma Aroma: berry tart, key lime pie, and pepper
Taste Flavor: cranberry sauce, raspberry skin, and flax seed
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food or on its own
Recipes Pairing: Mushroom Pizza, Serrano Ham, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A light, zesty red for the table.

The Producer

Black Willow Winery

The Producer
5565 W Lake Rd
Burt, NY 14028
USA
1 716-439-1982

Their Portfolio

86 Black Willow Winery 2014 Cabernet Franc, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
90 Black Willow Winery 2014 "Trilogy Red", New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.
84 Black Willow Winery 2014 "Bare Cat Blush" Rosé, New York State 11% (USA) $10.95.
84 Black Willow Winery 2014 "Black Widow Berry" Red, New York State 11% (USA) $11.95.
88 Black Willow Winery 2014 "Classic Diamond" White Table Wine, New York State 11% (USA) $12.95.
86 Black Willow Winery 2013 Riesling, New York State 11% (USA) $14.95.
87 Black Willow Winery 2014 Chardonnay, New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.
87 Black Willow Winery Trilogy White, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
85 Black Willow Winery Bare Cat Blush, New York State 11% (USA) $10.95.
88 Black Willow Winery "Classic Diamond", Diamond, New York State 11% (USA) $12.95.
88 Black Willow Winery 2004 Flight 6-1-37, California 18% (USA) $24.95.
86 Black Willow Winery NV DePeche Meow, New York State 11% (USA) $12.95.
90 Black Willow Winery NV "Trilogy" Red, New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV "Trilogy" White, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV "Classic Diamond", New York State 11% (USA) $12.95.
83 Black Willow Winery NV Chardonnay, New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.
87 Black Willow Winery NV Trilogy White Blend, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV Classic Diamond, New York State 11% (USA) $12.95.
92 Black Willow Winery Odin’s Nectar 12% (USA) $17.95.
87 Black Willow Winery Freyja’s Passion 12% (USA) $18.95.
88 Black Willow Winery Valkyrie’s Lure 12% (USA) $18.95.
86 Black Willow Winery NV Bare Cat Blush, Niagara Country 11% (USA) $10.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV Black Widow Berry, New York State 11% (USA) $11.95.
84 Black Willow Winery NV Classic Diamond, New York State 11% (USA) $12.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV Classic Diamond, New York State 11% (USA) $.00.
82 Black Willow Winery NV Chardonnay, New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.
86 Black Willow Winery 2015 Classic Diamond White Dessert Wine, New York State 11% (USA) $12.95.
81 Black Willow Winery NV Chardonnay, New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.
91 Black Willow Winery 2016 Trilogy Red Blend, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
89 Black Willow Winery NV Trilogy White Reserve, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
86 Black Willow Winery NV Trilogy Red, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV Off-Dry Bare Cat Blush, Niagara County 11% (USA) $10.95.
80 Black Willow Winery NV Chardonnay, New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.

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.