Full Review

White Pine

White Pine
2021 Sophie’s Vineyard Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Lake Michigan Shore

Pair this wine with:
Beef Turkey Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$34

White Pine
2021 Sophie’s Vineyard Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Lake Michigan Shore

Pair this wine with:
Beef Turkey Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of caramel mocha latte, cherry and strawberry gastrique, and red currant with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-long finish manifesting accents of craisin and goji berries, apples and watermelon with mint, and hawthorn. A healthy marriage of bright, zesty fruit and creamy, toasty oak make this Michigan red a pleasure to drink and enjoy on its own or at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Savory
Aroma Aroma: caramel mocha latte, cherry and strawberry gastrique, and red currant
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of craisin and goji berries, apples and watermelon with mint, and hawthorn
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Turkey Kabobs, Grilled Duck Breast With Cherry Reduction, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A healthy marriage of bright, zesty fruit and creamy, toasty oak make this Michigan red a pleasure to drink and enjoy on its own or at the table.

The Producer

White Pine Winery Tasting Room

The Producer
26701 80th Ave
www.whitepinewinery.com
Saint Joseph, MI 49085-1247
USA
1 269-998-7967

Their Portfolio

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.