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White Horse Winery

White Horse Winery
2016 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$39

White Horse Winery
2016 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6% RS: <1%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of violet water, tart blackberry, and graphite with an dry medium body and an appealing, long raspberry fruit leather, creme de violette, and stone dust finish with dusty, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A dry and floral American Cab Franc to balance out a richer winter entree.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: violet water, tart blackberry, and graphite
Taste Flavor: raspberry fruit leather, creme de violette, and stone dust
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Roast Duck With Mushroom Cream Sauce, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry and floral American Cab Franc to balance out a richer winter entree.

The Producer

White Horse Winery

The Producer
106 Hall Street
Hammonton, NJ 08037
USA
1 609-270-1411

Their Portfolio

91 White Horse Winery 2017 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $18.00.
93 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate, Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $37.00.
85 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.9% (USA) $37.00.
86 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $18.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2016 Estate Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.2% (USA) $39.00.
87 White Horse Winery 2016 Estate, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $18.00.
89 White Horse Winery 2016 Estate Rosé, American 12.7% (USA) $18.00.
93 White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $37.00.
91 White Horse Winery 2017 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $18.00.
92 White Horse Winery 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, American 13.6% (USA) $39.00.
87 White Horse Winery 2016 Vintner’s Red Blend, American 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
92 White Horse Winery 2016 Reserve, Merlot, American 13.8% (USA) $34.00.
86 White Horse Winery 2018 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 12% (USA) $18.00.
94 White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, American 13.5% (USA) $29.00.
91 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.1% (USA) $19.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Traminette, Outer Coastal Plain 11.8% (USA) $18.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.1% (USA) $25.00.
86 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $18.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Albarino, Outer Coastal Plain 12.3% (USA) $23.00.
91 White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented Estate, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.9% (USA) $29.00.

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.