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Yorkville Cellars

Yorkville Cellars
2016 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Turkey Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .03%
Organically Grown Grapes
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$36

Yorkville Cellars
2016 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Turkey Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .03%
Medium dusty ruby color. Herbal, interesting aromas and flavors of tomato leaf, black olive, ripe, marinated cherries, and cinnamon with a silky, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting shades of oven-dried strawberry, bell pepper ribs, white pepper , bay leaf, and black plum with silky, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice, spicy Cabernet Franc that offers a pure expression of the varietal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: tomato leaf, black olive, ripe, marinated cherries, and cinnamon
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of oven-dried strawberry, bell pepper ribs, white pepper , bay leaf, and black plum
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Herb Crusted Lamb Chops, Roast Turkey Leg, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice, spicy Cabernet Franc that offers a pure expression of the varietal.

The Producer

Yorkville Cellars

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

Their Portfolio

93 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
88 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard, Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard, Merlot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Rennie Vineyard, Carmenère, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
86 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Randle Hill Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
84 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Randle Hill Vineyard, Semillon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $22.00.
85 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Eleanor of Aquitaine Randle Hill Vineyard White Blend, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2014 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $46.00.
82 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
93 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard Amber Folly, Semillon, Yorkville Highlands 13% (USA) $28.00.
85 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Brut Rosé Rennie Vineyard, Malbec, Yorkville Highlands 12% (USA) $36.00.
88 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Malbec, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Randle Hill Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
93 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard, Semillon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
93 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard Eleanor of Aquitaine, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
88 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Merlot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
87 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Rennie Vineyard, Carmenère, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $38.00.
92 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Sparkling Brut Rosé, Malbec, Yorkville Highlands 12% (USA) $36.00.
86 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Rosé, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands 13% (USA) $22.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Rosé, Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands 13% (USA) $22.00.
86 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Rennie Vineyard Rosé, Malbec, Yorkville Highlands 13% (USA) $22.00.
91 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Randle Hill Vineyard, Semillon, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
86 Yorkville Cellars 2017 Randle Hill Vineyard Eleanor of Aquitaine, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
92 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
94 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard, Carmenère, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
93 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard, Merlot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
95 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard, Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2015 M-PV Same Vine, Malbec-Petit Verdot, Yorkville Highlands-Mendocino County 13.5% (USA) $42.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2015 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $48.00.
90 Yorkville Cellars 2018 Randle Hill Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
89 Yorkville Cellars 2016 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard, Yorkville Highlands 13.5% (USA) $48.00.

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.