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Corner 103

Corner 103
2013 Cabernet Franc, Sonoma Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$50

Corner 103
2013 Cabernet Franc, Sonoma Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
Nearly opaque bright dark garnet color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse, berry pie, and dulce du leche gelato with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length marinated beets, salty roasted nuts, and earth finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. Nicely balanced fruit, oak and savory earthiness note bodes well for pairings.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky & savory
Aroma Aroma: chocolate mousse, berry pie, and dulce du leche gelato
Taste Flavor: marinated beets, salty roasted nuts, and earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Bourguignon, Herb Crusted Lamb Chops, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Nicely balanced fruit, oak and savory earthiness note bodes well for pairings.

The Producer

Corner 103

The Producer
103 W. Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
USA
1 707-931-6141

Their Portfolio

88 Corner 103 2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.7% (USA) $50.00.
91 Corner 103 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley 14.8% (USA) $25.00.
86 Corner 103 2012 Merlot, Alexander Valley 13.8% (USA) $45.00.
89 Corner 103 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 14.6% (USA) $55.00.
90 Corner 103 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 14.6% (USA) $55.00.
93 Corner 103 2013 Cabernet Franc, Sonoma Valley 13.9% (USA) $50.00.
91 Corner 103 2014 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
92 Corner 103 2012 Sonoma County, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 14.7% (USA) $50.00.
85 Corner 103 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley 14.8% (USA) $25.00.
88 Corner 103 2012 Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.1% (USA) $50.00.
84 Corner 103 2014 Grenache, Russian River Valley 15.1% (USA) $40.00.
95 Corner 103 2016 Grenache Blanc, Alexander Valley 14.2% (USA) $30.00.
85 Corner 103 2015 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
88 Corner 103 2014 Grenache, Russian River Valley 15.1% (USA) $40.00.
91 Corner 103 2014 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
89 Corner 103 2016 Carignane, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
90 Corner 103 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
92 Corner 103 2016 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.6% (USA) $50.00.
88 Corner 103 2016 Viognier, Sonoma Valley 13.1% (USA) $25.00.
92 Corner 103 2014 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
87 Corner 103 2015 Vernaccia, Carneros 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
88 Corner 103 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $40.00.

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.