Full Review
Knob Hall

Knob Hall
2013 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Cumberland Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$32.00

Knob Hall
2013 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Cumberland Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
Dark dusty ruby color. Creamy, fruity roasted aromas and flavors of berry creme brulee, roasted chestnuts, and minerals with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and an even, appealing, medium-long cedar, cocoa, and pickling spices finish with moderate oak. A supple, savory, claret-like dry wine that will be fantastic at the table.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Savory
Aroma Aroma: berry creme brulee, roasted chestnuts, and minerals
Taste Flavor: cedar, cocoa, and pickling spices
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Dry Aged Sirloin Au Poivre, Shepherd’s Pie, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A supple, savory, claret-like dry wine that will be fantastic at the table.
The Producer

Knob Hall Winery

The Producer
14108 St. Paul Rd
Clear Spring, MD 21722
USA
1 301-842-2777
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.