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Midalidare

Midalidare
2013 Mogilovo Single Vineyard Estate Grand Vintage , Cabernet Franc, Thracian Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: Bulgaria
Alcohol: 14%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$21.99

Midalidare
2013 Mogilovo Single Vineyard Estate Grand Vintage , Cabernet Franc, Thracian Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: Bulgaria
Alcohol: 14%
Light garnet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of gherkins, spiced mulberries, and borscht with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long spiced nuts and citrus, pomegranate chutney on dolmades, and alpine herbs and earth finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. An engaging, spicy and herbal cabernet franc with great varietal character and sense of place.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Savory, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: gherkins, spiced mulberries, and borscht
Taste Flavor: spiced nuts and citrus, pomegranate chutney on dolmades, and alpine herbs and earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Lamb Kebobs, Moussaka, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An engaging, spicy and herbal cabernet franc with great varietal character and sense of place.
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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.