Full Review

Tomasello

Tomasello
2013 Palmaris Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Turkey Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.1% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$40

Tomasello
2013 Palmaris Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Turkey Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.1% RS: <1%
Brick red color. Aromas of sweet cherry, toasted crumpet, black tea, and dried figs and dates with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-length vanilla gelato, baking spices, and green beans in lavender vinaigrette finish with coating, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A versatile red for the table that offers a little bit of everything.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: sweet cherry, toasted crumpet, black tea, and dried figs and dates
Taste Flavor: vanilla gelato, baking spices, and green beans in lavender vinaigrette
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey Meatballs, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A versatile red for the table that offers a little bit of everything.

The Producer

Tomasello Winery

The Producer
225 N White Horse Pike
Hammonton, NJ 08037
USA
1 609-561-0567

Their Portfolio

92 Palmaris 2013 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.7% (USA) $40.00.
84 Palmaris 2014 Reserve, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12% (USA) $25.00.
86 Palmaris 2013 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $40.00.
92 Tomasello NV Cherry Moscato, Outer Coastal Plain 6.5% (USA) $12.95.
90 Tomasello NV Blueberry Moscato, Outer Coastal Plain 6.5% (USA) $12.95.
88 Tomasello 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.8% (USA) $29.95.
92 Tomasello 2013 Estate, Blaufrankisch, Outer Coastal Plain 11.8% (USA) $18.95.
87 Tomasello 2014 Sangiovese, Outer Coastal Plain 13.4% (USA) $18.95.
86 Tomasello 2015 Rkatsiteli, Outer Coastal Plain 12.2% (USA) $15.95.
91 Tomasello 2015 Palmaris Estate Reserve, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $24.95.
88 Tomasello 2014 Palmaris Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 12.6% (USA) $30.00.
87 Tomasello 2013 Palmaris Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $40.00.
93 Tomasello 2014 Palmaris Reserve, Petit Verdot, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $30.95.
90 Tomasello 2015 Sangiovese, Outer Coastal Plain 13.3% (USA) $18.95.
93 Tomasello NV Red Raspberry Wine 11% (USA) $12.95.
89 Tomasello NV Cherry Wine 9% (USA) $12.95.
91 Tomasello NV Blueberry Wine 11% (USA) $12.95.
94 Tomasello NV Cranberry Wine 9% (USA) $12.95.
88 Tomasello NV Pomegranate Wine 10% (USA) $12.95.
86 Tomasello NV Blueberry Forte 18% (USA) $12.95.
92 Tomasello NV Red Raspberry Moscato 6.5% (USA) $13.95.
90 Tomasello NV Cherry Moscato 6.5% (USA) $13.95.
88 Tomasello NV Blueberry Moscato 6.5% (USA) $13.95.
92 Tomasello NV Cranberry Moscato 6.5% (USA) $13.95.

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.