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Hawk Haven

Hawk Haven
2015 Signature Series, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$39.99

Hawk Haven
2015 Signature Series, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: <1%
Dusty deep purple color. Complex aromas of leather, salami, orange peel, cardamom, belgian yeast, and fresh blueberry scone with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, very long cherry dust, silt, and peppercorn sauce finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A complex Cab Franc of great depth with loads of acid for the long haul.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style:
Aroma Aroma: leather, salami, orange peel, cardamom, belgian yeast, and fresh blueberry scone
Taste Flavor: cherry dust, silt, and peppercorn sauce
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Entrecote Bordelaise, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex Cab Franc of great depth with loads of acid for the long haul.

The Producer

Hawk Haven Vineyard

The Producer
600 S Railroad Ave
Rio Grande, NJ 08242
USA
1 609-846-7347

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.