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Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
2020 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Niagara Escarpment

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
Sustainable Agriculture
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$19

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
2020 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Niagara Escarpment

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of leather and cedar, blackberry chutney, black currants and baked bell pepper, and purple flowers with a velvety, lively, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish conveying touches of bell pepper, blackberry jam on leather, baked cherries, and mildly bitter green herbs with crunchy, chewy, medium tannins and light oak flavor. A savory wine with a beautiful nose and just a touch of bitterness on the palate that will work well in food pairings.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: leather and cedar, blackberry chutney, black currants and baked bell pepper, and purple flowers
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of bell pepper, blackberry jam on leather, baked cherries, and mildly bitter green herbs
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A savory wine with a beautiful nose and just a touch of bitterness on the palate that will work well in food pairings.

The Producer

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

The Producer
4746 Townline Rd
Lockport, NY 14094
USA
1 716-434-8030

Cabernet Franc

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Franc is a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, and 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.