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Pollak Vineyards

Pollak Vineyards
2013 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Lamb Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$50.00

Pollak Vineyards
2013 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Lamb Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7%
Bright garnet black color. Bright, spicy, interesting aromas and flavors of spiced pistachio brittle, chocolate buttercream, berry cake, and tomato chutney with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length roasted apples cherries, and blood oranges, toffee, and delicate earth finish with silky, fine tannins and moderate oak. A brilliant, elegant cabernet franc with great texture, balance, and savoriness.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Fruity, juicy & smooth & oaky
Aroma Aroma: spiced pistachio brittle, chocolate buttercream, berry cake, and tomato chutney
Taste Flavor: roasted apples cherries, and blood oranges, toffee, and delicate earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Elk Chops, Rack of Baby Lamb, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A brilliant, elegant cabernet franc with great texture, balance, and savoriness.
The Producer

Pollak Vineyards

The Producer
330 Newtown Rd
Greenwood, VA 22943
USA
1 540-456-8844
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.
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