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Narmada Winery

Narmada Winery
2015 Cabernet Franc, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.3% RS: 0.1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$29

Narmada Winery
2015 Cabernet Franc, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.3% RS: 0.1%
Ruby garnet color. Inviting aromas of salumi, cranberry sauce, and toasted english muffin with forest fruit preserves with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy melon rind, kabocha squash, latte, apple turkish delight, and smoked caramel finish with moderate oak flavor. A solid Cabernet Franc for the table with delicately smoky nuances.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: salumi, cranberry sauce, and toasted english muffin with forest fruit preserves
Taste Flavor: melon rind, kabocha squash, latte, apple turkish delight, and smoked caramel
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A solid Cabernet Franc for the table with delicately smoky nuances.

The Producer

Narmada Winery

The Producer
43 Narmada Ln
Amissville, VA 20106
USA
1 540-937-8215

Their Portfolio

83 Narmada Winery 2011 Reserve, Chardonnay, Virginia 13.8% (USA) $27.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2015 MOM White Blend, Virginia 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
85 Narmada Winery 2015 Dream, Traminette, Virginia 13.9% (USA) $21.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2016 Viognier, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $27.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2012 Yash-Vir Bordeaux Blend, Virginia 13.1% (USA) $38.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2014 Midnight Red , Chambourcin, Virginia 13.3% (USA) $21.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2016 Dream, Virginia 13.7% (USA) $22.00.
91 Narmada Winery 2014 Reflection, Chambourcin, Virginia 12.9% (USA) $25.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 sur lie Reserve, Chardonel, Virginia 14.3% (USA) $27.00.
91 Narmada Winery 2017 Viognier, Virginia 13.9% (USA) $27.00.
84 Narmada Winery 2017 Dream, Traminette, Virginia 14.25% (USA) $22.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2017 Mom White Blend, Virginia 14.27% (USA) $20.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2017 Gulabi Rosé, Virginia 13.8% (USA) $24.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2017 Viognier, Virginia 13.9% (USA) $27.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2015 Yash-Vir Bordeaux Blend, Virginia 13.6% (USA) $38.00.
90 Narmada Winery 2016 Petit Verdot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 Merlot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2015 Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.3% (USA) $29.00.
87 Narmada Winery NV Primita Flavored Dessert Wine 13.95% (USA) $25.00.
84 Narmada Winery NV Legacy Just Smile Flavored Dessert Wine 12.75% (USA) $27.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2009 Allure Dessert Wine, Virginia 18% (USA) $36.00.
90 Narmada Winery 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.3% (USA) $38.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2015 Mélange Red Blend, Virginia 13.6% (USA) $30.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2017 sur lie Reserve, Chardonel, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
91 Narmada Winery 2018 Dream, Traminette, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $22.00.
84 Narmada Winery 2018 Mom White Blend, Virginia 13.2% (USA) $21.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2018 Gulabi Rosé, Chambourcin, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $24.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2009 Allure Port-Style Wine, Virginia 19.2% (USA) $69.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2018 Legacy Just Smile Flavored Dessert Wine, Virginia 12.75% (USA) $27.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2017 Merlot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
86 Narmada Winery NV Petit Verdot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $38.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2017 Malbec, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $38.00.
92 Narmada Winery 2017 Tannat, Virginia 14.5% (USA) $38.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $29.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $38.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2016 Mélange Red Blend, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $30.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2016 Yash-Vir Red Blend, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $39.00.

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.