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Weis Vineyards

Weis Vineyards
2020 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .1%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29

Weis Vineyards
2020 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .1%
Garnet black color. Savory aromas and flavors of spiced mulberries, clay, roasted nuts, and lilac with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, medium-long finish with notes of craisin and orange relish, dark berry tart, and creme brulee with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A bright and buoyant Cabernet Franc for all occasions.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: spiced mulberries, clay, roasted nuts, and lilac
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of craisin and orange relish, dark berry tart, and creme brulee
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Mongolian Beef, Spit Roasted Pig, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bright and buoyant Cabernet Franc for all occasions.

The Producer

Weis Vineyards

The Producer
10014 Day Rd
Hammondsport, NY 14840
USA
1 607-284-4011

Their Portfolio

91 Weis Vineyards 2020 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2020 Winzer Select A, Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.5% (USA) $26.00.
89 Weis Vineyards 2021 Gruner Veltliner, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $19.00.
96 Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry Rosé, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $19.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry Rosé, Zweigelt, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $23.00.
90 Weis Vineyards 2020 Semi Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
94 Weis Vineyards 2019 Merlot, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $28.00.
94 Weis Vineyards 2017 Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes 9.5% (USA) $59.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2019 Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes 9.5% (USA) $59.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
90 Weis Vineyards 2021 Winzer Select K, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $24.00.
94 Weis Vineyards 2021 Winzer Select A, Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.5% (USA) $26.00.
89 Weis Vineyards 2021 Pinot Blanc, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $24.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Heart Of The Lake, NY81.0315.17 Aravelle, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $19.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Unoaked, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Perle Rosé, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $19.00.
93 Weis Vineyards 2020 Blaufrankisch, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $25.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2020 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $29.00.
89 Weis Vineyards 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $29.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2020 Noble Select, Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.5% (USA) $109.00.
97 Weis Vineyards NV One Eighty Three Dessert Wine, Finger Lakes 20% (USA) $39.00.

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.