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Spangler

Spangler
2017 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29
Cellar Selection

Spangler
2017 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry muffins, wild blueberries, grilled vanilla bean, and chocolate gelato with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-long finish with impressions of grilled bell pepper, orange marmalade, bergamot, white peppercorns, and violet with heavy oak flavor. Notes of smoked vanilla and juicy wild berries entice most any new world wine drinker to the glass; a rock solid cab franc with a distinctly Oregonian swagger.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: blackberry muffins, wild blueberries, grilled vanilla bean, and chocolate gelato
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of grilled bell pepper, orange marmalade, bergamot, white peppercorns, and violet
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Tea Smoked Duck, Coffee Crusted Smoked Pork Tenderloin, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Notes of smoked vanilla and juicy wild berries entice most any new world wine drinker to the glass; a rock solid cab franc with a distinctly Oregonian swagger.

The Producer

Spangler Vineyards

The Producer
491 Winery Ln
Roseburg, OR 97471
USA
1 541-679-9654

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.