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Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
2018 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.6% RS: 0.20%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$26

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
2018 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.6% RS: 0.20%
Black ruby color. Aromas of roasted nuts with cacao, cherry, herbed brisket crust, and tomato relish with a medium body and a medium stewed berries and kiwis, currant tart, and mushrooms and forest floor finish. A meaty, savory, seamless Cabernet Franc that will be fantastic with meat dishes; serve with a slight chill.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: roasted nuts with cacao, cherry, herbed brisket crust, and tomato relish
Taste Flavor: stewed berries and kiwis, currant tart, and mushrooms and forest floor
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A meaty, savory, seamless Cabernet Franc that will be fantastic with meat dishes; serve with a slight chill.

The Producer

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

The Producer
5712 State Route 414
5712 State Route 414
Hector, NY 14841
USA
1 607-546-2565

Their Portfolio

86 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Finger Lakes 13.5% (USA) $17.00.
93 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019 Pinot Gris, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $16.00.
93 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019 Homestead Reserve, Riesling, Finger Lakes 13% (USA) $23.00.
90 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.7% (USA) $16.00.
88 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019 Gewurztraminer, Finger Lakes 13.3% (USA) $15.00.
88 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019 Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.6% (USA) $12.00.
87 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019 Unoaked, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $16.00.
85 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes 14% (USA) $26.00.
BR Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Finger Lakes 14.2% (USA) $29.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Solera Sherry, Finger Lakes 19.2% (USA) $21.00.
86 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Sweet, Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.3% (USA) $12.00.
87 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2020 Pinot Gris, Finger Lakes 13% (USA) $16.00.
BR Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Finger Lakes 13.7% (USA) $17.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019 Gruner Veltliner, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2020 Gewürztraminer, Gewurztraminer, Finger Lakes 14.3% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2020 Homestead Reserve, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $23.00.
85 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2020 Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.6% (USA) $12.00.
85 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019 Merlot, Finger Lakes 13% (USA) $31.00.
87 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2018 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes 12.6% (USA) $26.00.
BR Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Finger Lakes 12.8% (USA) $29.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Sweet, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.3% (USA) $12.00.
BR Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV White Cat, Niagara, Finger Lakes 11% (USA) $8.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Pink Cat Blush, Catawba, Finger Lakes 11% (USA) $8.00.
86 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Red Cat Red Blend, Catawba, Finger Lakes 11% (USA) $8.00.
88 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Red Cat Dark, Concord, Finger Lakes 11% (USA) $8.00.
86 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Port, Finger Lakes 18.2% (USA) $17.00.
98 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Solera Sherry, Finger Lakes 22% (USA) $21.00.

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.