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Spangler

Spangler
2014 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8% RS: <1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$28
Cellar Selection

Spangler
2014 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8% RS: <1%
Black violet color. Oaky aromas of ripe plums, spice cake, sweet pea blossom, buttercream frosting, soy sauce, and freshly stained wood with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long rich tobacco, beeswax, and cocoa powder finish with grippy tannins. A bold and serious cab franc to lay down for years to let its flavors integrate.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: ripe plums, spice cake, sweet pea blossom, buttercream frosting, soy sauce, and freshly stained wood
Taste Flavor: rich tobacco, beeswax, and cocoa powder
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Blue Cheese Crusted Ribeye, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bold and serious cab franc to lay down for years to let its flavors integrate.

The Producer

Spangler Vineyards

The Producer
491 Winery Ln
Roseburg, OR 97471
USA
1 541-679-9654

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.