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Casa Barranca

Casa Barranca
2014 Miralaguna Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
No Sulfites & USDA Organic
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$50

Casa Barranca
2014 Miralaguna Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
Deep purple color. Earthy, inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate dusted mulberries, grilled fajita veggies, caraway, and vanilla gelato with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and an amusing, medium-length finish with accents of pecan pie with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and juicy cab franc with just the right amount of earthy intrigue.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: chocolate dusted mulberries, grilled fajita veggies, caraway, and vanilla gelato
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of pecan pie
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Short Ribs, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich and juicy cab franc with just the right amount of earthy intrigue.

The Producer

Casa Barranca Wines

The Producer
208 E Ojai Ave
Ojai, CA 93023
USA
1 805-640-1334

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.