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Elk Run

Elk Run
2014 Cold Friday Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Maryland

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$26.61

Elk Run
2014 Cold Friday Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Maryland

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
Medium dusty ruby color. Spicy, green, herbal, earthy aromas and flavors of spiced berries, toasted dill and herbs, twigs and leaves, and varnished wood with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a sleek, carefree finish with notes of olive skin and pit, cranberry, and earth with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry, woody, rustic cabernet franc for game.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth & Savory
Aroma Aroma: spiced berries, toasted dill and herbs, twigs and leaves, and varnished wood
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of olive skin and pit, cranberry, and earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Venison Loin , Sauerbraten, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry, woody, rustic cabernet franc for game.

The Producer

Elk Run Vineyards

The Producer
15113 Liberty Rd
Mount Airy, MD 21771
USA
1 410-775-2513

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.