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Yorkville Cellars

Yorkville Cellars
2014 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Organically Grown Grapes
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$34.00

Yorkville Cellars
2014 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Fruity, creamy, attractive aromas and flavors of berry custard pie, toffee, and tobacco and tea with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-long creme brulee, spiced melon, and nuts finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A richly fruity and well oaked cabernet franc.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Savory & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: berry custard pie, toffee, and tobacco and tea
Taste Flavor: creme brulee, spiced melon, and nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Meatloaf And Buttery Mashed Fingerling Potatoes, Pasticcio, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A richly fruity and well oaked cabernet franc.
The Producer

Yorkville Cellars

The Producer
25701 Hwy 128
Yorkville, CA 95494
USA
1 707-894-9177
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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