Full Review

Palmaris

Palmaris
2013 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.1%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$40

Palmaris
2013 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.1%
Dusty garnet color. Woody, savory aromas and flavors of cedar pencil shavings, roasted berries and root vegetables, and tomato-pepper relish with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of orange rind and marinated beets with dusty, leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A oaky cabernet franc for red meats or the cellar.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: cedar pencil shavings, roasted berries and root vegetables, and tomato-pepper relish
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of orange rind and marinated beets
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Elk Chops, Beef Bourguignon, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A oaky cabernet franc for red meats or the cellar.

The Producer

Tomasello Winery

The Producer
P.O. Box 440
Hammonton, NJ 08037
USA
1 609-561-0567

Their Portfolio

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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.