Full Review

Browne

Browne
2012 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9% RS: <1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$35
Cellar Selection

Browne
2012 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9% RS: <1%
Garnet black color. Attractive, fruity spicy aromas of berry pastry, leather, buttercream, and oak with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, involved, long vanilla nuts, creme brulee, and minerals finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. An exceptionally rich and delicious cabernet franc.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: berry pastry, leather, buttercream, and oak
Taste Flavor: vanilla nuts, creme brulee, and minerals
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Filet Mignon, Prime Rib, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An exceptionally rich and delicious cabernet franc.

The Producer

Precept Wine

The Producer
1910 Fairview Ave East, Ste 400
Seattle, WA 98102
USA
1 206-267-5252

Their Portfolio

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86 Aficionado 2015 Red Blend, McLaren Vale 13.5% (Australia) $15.00.
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84 Bloom 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13% (USA) $13.00.
89 Bloom 2013 Red Blend, California 12.5% (USA) $13.00.
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84 Bloom 2014 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie 12.5% (Italy) $13.00.
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88 Cluster 2015 Dark Cluster Red Blend, Washington 14.2% (USA) $9.99.
88 Cluster 2015 Riesling, Washington 12% (USA) $9.99.
88 Crystal Creek 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley 12.0% (USA) $10.00.
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86 Crystal Creek 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.7% (USA) $7.99.
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85 MWC 2015 Rose, Columbia Valley 13% (USA) $10.99.
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84 MWC 2015 Rosé, Columbia Valley 13.4% (USA) $13.99.
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88 Perimeter 2013 Riesling, Washington 10% (USA) $10.00.
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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.