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Jason-Stephens Winery

Jason-Stephens Winery
2014 Cabernet Franc, Santa Clara Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.1% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$32

Jason-Stephens Winery
2014 Cabernet Franc, Santa Clara Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.1% RS: <1%
Ruby black color. Herbal aromas and flavors of pickling spices, marinated beets and swiss chard, and boysenberry tart with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish manifesting shades of pomegranate, herb rub, nutskin, and cedar with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A pure and refreshing cabernet franc with spot-on typicity and appealing acidity for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, New World, Oaky, Savory, Spicy & Complex & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: pickling spices, marinated beets and swiss chard, and boysenberry tart
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of pomegranate, herb rub, nutskin, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Herb Crusted Lamb Chops, Bone In Ribeye Steak With A White Pepper Demi-Glaze Sauce, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A pure and refreshing cabernet franc with spot-on typicity and appealing acidity for the table.

The Producer

Jason-Stephens Winery

The Producer
11775 Watsonville Rd
Gilroy, CA 95020
USA
1 408-846-8463

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.