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Fox Hollow Vineyards

Fox Hollow Vineyards
2015 Cabernet Franc, New Jersey

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 16.4%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$32

Fox Hollow Vineyards
2015 Cabernet Franc, New Jersey

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 16.4%
Garnet color. Aromas of dried figs, dates, balsamic reduction, leather, and fruit cake with a bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy dried peach, cinnamon pastry, and chocolate buttercream finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward Cabernet Franc with lots of oak and spicy nuance.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: dried figs, dates, balsamic reduction, leather, and fruit cake
Taste Flavor: dried peach, cinnamon pastry, and chocolate buttercream
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruit-forward Cabernet Franc with lots of oak and spicy nuance.

The Producer

Fox Hollow Vineyards

The Producer
939 Holmdel Road
Holmdel, NJ 07733
USA
1 732-7720330

Their Portfolio

84 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2016 Barrel Aged Reserve, Chardonnay, New Jersey 14% (USA) $35.00.
87 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2016 Petite Belle White, New Jersey 13.65% (USA) $20.00.
94 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 Autumn Harvest "Dessert Wine", New Jersey 15.7% (USA) $35.00.
88 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Derby White Blend, New Jersey 11.65% (USA) $28.00.
85 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 The Huntsman Red Blend, New Jersey 14.3% (USA) $40.00.
88 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc, New Jersey 16.4% (USA) $28.00.
88 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, New Jersey 15.3% (USA) $32.00.
83 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Deco Rosé, New Jersey 13% (USA) $28.00.
85 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Charleston Rosé, New Jersey 14.25% (USA) $28.00.
84 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Halcyon Days Rosé, New Jersey 13% (USA) $28.00.
87 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Pink Flamingo Rosé, New Jersey 14.25% (USA) $22.00.
87 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Bee’s Knees Rosé, New Jersey 15.3% (USA) $28.00.
85 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2018 Pink Flamingo Rosé, New Jersey 12.5% (USA) $22.00.
89 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Riesling, New Jersey 14% (USA) $20.00.
87 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2016 Barrel Aged, Chardonnay, New Jersey 14% (USA) $25.00.
92 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2014 Field Master Red Blend, New Jersey 13.15% (USA) $40.00.
93 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc, New Jersey 16.4% (USA) $32.00.
91 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, New Jersey 12.7% (USA) $32.00.
90 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Derby White Muscat, New Jersey 11.65% (USA) $28.00.
90 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 The Huntsman Red Blend, New Jersey 14.3% (USA) $40.00.
90 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2018 Reserve, Petit Manseng, New Jersey 13.5% (USA) $28.00.

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.