Full Review

Biltmore Reserve

Biltmore Reserve
2019 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, North Carolina

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$40
Cellar Selection

Biltmore Reserve
2019 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, North Carolina

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled cherries, green tomatoes, and rhubarb, melted dark chocolate, brown butter and pumpkin spice, and vanilla-caramel yogurt with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish displaying suggestions of craisins, cocoa-dusted nuts, and dolmades with reduced lemon with dusty, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fine dance of fruit and savory herbs make this an intriguing cabernet franc for pairings.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Savory, New World & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: pickled cherries, green tomatoes, and rhubarb, melted dark chocolate, brown butter and pumpkin spice, and vanilla-caramel yogurt
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of craisins, cocoa-dusted nuts, and dolmades with reduced lemon
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fine dance of fruit and savory herbs make this an intriguing cabernet franc for pairings.

The Producer

Biltmore Estate Wine Co.

The Producer
1 N. Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801
USA
1 828-225-1487

Their Portfolio

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87 Biltmore Estate 2017 Syrah, American 14.2% (USA) $19.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2017 Limited Release, Petite Sirah, American 14.1% (USA) $24.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2018 Limited Release, Marsanne, American 13% (USA) $19.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2018 Limited Release, Roussanne, American 13% (USA) $19.00.
88 Biltmore Estate NV Blanc de Noir Sparkling, American 12.5% (USA) $25.00.
BR Biltmore Estate 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, American 13% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
92 Biltmore Estate 2017 The Hunt Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $45.00.
86 Biltmore Estate NV The Railcar Red Blend, American .2% (USA) $25.00.
85 Biltmore Estate 2017 Red Blend, American 14.3% (USA) $16.00.
89 Biltmore Estate NV Cardinal’s Crest Red Blend, American 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2017 Limited Release, Malbec, American 13% (USA) $24.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2017 Merlot, American 13% (USA) $15.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, American 13% (USA) $19.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2018 Chardonnay, American 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2018 Limited Release, Chenin Blanc, American 12.5% (USA) $17.00.
BR Biltmore Estate 2018 Pinot Grigio, American 13.5% (USA) $13.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Biltmore Estate 2017 Riesling, American 12.5% (USA) $13.00.
BR Biltmore Estate 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, American 13.5% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Biltmore Estate 2018 Limited Release, Gewurztraminer, American 13% (USA) $17.00.
86 Biltmore Estate NV The Railcar Red Blend, American 14.8% (USA) $30.00.
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85 Biltmore Estate 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, American 13.8% (USA) $22.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2019 Red Blend, American 14.3% (USA) $18.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2018 Limited Release, Malbec, American 13% (USA) $28.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2019 Chardonnay, American 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2019 Pinot Noir, American 13.8% (USA) $19.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2019 Riesling, American 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
87 Biltmore Estate 2019 Dry Rosé, American 13% (USA) $17.00.
89 Biltmore Estate 2019 Limited Release, Malbec, American 13% (USA) $28.00.
88 Biltmore Estate 2019 The Hunt Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $45.00.
85 Biltmore Estate 2019 Limited Release, Petit Verdot, American 14.1% (USA) $28.00.
86 Biltmore Estate 2019 Estate, Merlot, American 13.8% (USA) $18.00.
BR Biltmore Estate 2020 Limited Release, Sauvignon Blanc, American 13.7% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Biltmore Estate 2020 Estate, Sauvignon Blanc, American 13.5% (USA) $17.00.
BR Biltmore Estate 2020 Chardonnay, American 13% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Biltmore Estate 2020 Pinot Grigio, American 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
BR Biltmore Estate 2019 Limited Release, Pinot Noir, American 13.9% (USA) $28.00. - Bronze Medal
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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.