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Corner 103

Corner 103
2020 Moon Mountain District, Cabernet Franc, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$65

Corner 103
2020 Moon Mountain District, Cabernet Franc, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9%
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, cassis, leather, and cocoa with a velvety, lively, dry medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish that exhibits overtones of black plum, cherry pipe tobacco, violets, and black tea with earthy tannins and light oak flavor. A solid expression of riper Cabernet Franc that focuses less on the green and herbal flavors and more on the black fruit.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: blackberry, cassis, leather, and cocoa
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of black plum, cherry pipe tobacco, violets, and black tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A solid expression of riper Cabernet Franc that focuses less on the green and herbal flavors and more on the black fruit.

The Producer

Corner 103

The Producer
103 W. Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
USA
1 707-931-6141

Their Portfolio

89 Corner 103 2018 Corner Cuvée Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $55.00.
93 Corner 103 2018 Inspiration Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.5% (USA) $75.00.
90 Corner 103 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 15.4% (USA) $60.00.
95 Corner 103 2018 Petit Verdot, Alexander Valley 15% (USA) $60.00.
90 Corner 103 2019 Malbec, Sonoma County 14.5% (USA) $55.00.
91 Corner 103 2019 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Central Coast 15.3% (USA) $50.00.
92 Corner 103 2019 Syrah, Sonoma County 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
88 Corner 103 2019 Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley 15% (USA) $50.00.
91 Corner 103 2020 Chardonnay, Carneros, Sonoma 14.5% (USA) $45.00.
87 Corner 103 2019 Marsanne-Roussanne, Alexander Valley 14.3% (USA) $35.00.
92 Corner 103 2019 Malbec, Sonoma County 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
87 Corner 103 2021 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13% (USA) $30.00.
89 Corner 103 2020 Pinot Noir, Carneros 14.3% (USA) $55.00.
89 Corner 103 2019 Corner Cuvée Red Blend, Sonoma County 15% (USA) $55.00.
90 Corner 103 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 15.4% (USA) $65.00.
87 Corner 103 2021 Chardonnay, Carneros 14.2% (USA) $45.00.
89 Corner 103 2020 Moon Mountain District, Cabernet Franc, Sonoma County 14.9% (USA) $65.00.
90 Corner 103 2020 Corner Cuvée Red Blend, Sonoma County 15% (USA) $60.00.
88 Corner 103 2022 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13% (USA) $30.00.
88 Corner 103 2020 Allure Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.5% (USA) $60.00.
92 Corner 103 2020 Inspiration Red Blend, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $75.00.
90 Corner 103 2021 Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley 15.2% (USA) $55.00.
91 Corner 103 2022 Pinot Noir, Carneros, Sonoma 13.9% (USA) $55.00.
88 Corner 103 2022 Chardonnay, Carneros, Sonoma 14.2% (USA) $45.00.
92 Corner 103 NV Brut Rosé, Pinot Noir, North Coast 12.5% (USA) $50.00.

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.