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Pollak Vineyards

Pollak Vineyards
2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$28

Pollak Vineyards
2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Clear dusty ruby color. Aromas of cherry skins, jasmine flowers, felt table, and oyster shells with an medium-full body and an interesting, breezy rose hip, chrysanthemum, smarties, and candy dust finish with fruit, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A silky and supple Cab Franc with floral layers and integrated tannins.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity
Aroma Aroma: cherry skins, jasmine flowers, felt table, and oyster shells
Taste Flavor: rose hip, chrysanthemum, smarties, and candy dust
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Rabbit, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A silky and supple Cab Franc with floral layers and integrated tannins.

The Producer

Pollak Vineyards

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

Their Portfolio

90 Pollak Vineyards 2011 "Mille Fleurs", Viognier, Monticello 17.5% (USA) $30.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13% (USA) $30.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown, Petit Verdot, Monticello 13% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $50.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown, Merlot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
94 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
95 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Meritage Estate, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate, Merlot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
81 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Petit Verdot, Monticello 14% (USA) $30.00.
92 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
83 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate, Petit Verdot, Monticello 14% (USA) $30.00.
84 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
87 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Petit Verdot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
86 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 14.5% (USA) $35.00.

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.