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Williamsburg Winery

Williamsburg Winery
2017 Trianon, Cabernet Franc, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$40

Williamsburg Winery
2017 Trianon, Cabernet Franc, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
Deep purple color. Earthy aromas and flavors of caramel-drizzled smoked cherries, blackberry preserves, cocoa powder, caramelized eggplant, raisins, pine nuts, and hint of barnyard with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish that shows nuances of crystalized ginger with moderate oak flavor. A savory, rustic Cabernet Franc that sings; a delight from Virginia.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full & Savory
Aroma Aroma: caramel-drizzled smoked cherries, blackberry preserves, cocoa powder, caramelized eggplant, raisins, pine nuts, and hint of barnyard
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of crystalized ginger
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A savory, rustic Cabernet Franc that sings; a delight from Virginia.

The Producer

The Williamsburg Winery

The Producer
5800 Wessex Hundred
Williamsburg, VA 23185
USA
1 757-258-0899

Their Portfolio

85 Williamsburg Winery 2016 Petite Fleur Limited Release, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $24.00.
88 Williamsburg Winery 2016 Limited Release, Petit Manseng, Virginia 13.7% (USA) $24.00.
88 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Adagio, Virginia 13% (USA) $75.00.
91 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Limited Release, Tannat, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $60.00.
86 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Reserve, Petit Verdot, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $49.00.
87 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Gabriel Archer Reserve Red, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $42.00.
88 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Trianon, Cabernet Franc, Virginia 12.3% (USA) $40.00.
BR Williamsburg Winery 2016 Wessex Hundred, Viognier, Virginia 12.4% (USA) $28.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Reserve, Merlot, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $40.00.
91 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Limited Release, Norton, Virginia 13.2% (USA) $39.00.
BR Williamsburg Winery 2015 Wessex Hundred, Petit Verdot, Virginia 13% (USA) $32.00. - Bronze Medal
92 Williamsburg Winery 2019 Wessex Hundred, Chardonnay, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $28.00.
88 Williamsburg Winery 2019 Limited Release, Chardonnay, Monticello 12.4% (USA) $28.00.
88 Williamsburg Winery 2019 Acte 12 Of 1619, Chardonnay, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $22.00.
BR Williamsburg Winery 2019 Stainless Steel Fermented, Chardonnay, Virginia 13.3% (USA) $19.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Williamsburg Winery 2017 Trianon, Cabernet Franc, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $40.00.
89 Williamsburg Winery 2017 Reserve, Petit Verdot, Virginia 13% (USA) $49.00.

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.