Winemaker Notes: Cabernet Franc can be described as being like Cabernet Sauvignon but significantly less tannic, with more of a floral aroma, more mid-palate richness, slightly less color and not quite as heavy. Cabernet Franc is traditionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add marvelous aromatics, a richer mid-palate, and give it "smoother edges" by reducing tannins. It also makes a beautiful, complex wine by itself, which is perfectly expressed in this limited bottling. Petit Verdot was added to enhance the color (a Bordeaux tradition as well) as the Cabernet Franc from this vintage resulted in a lighter color than normal. This wine is enjoyable now and will continue to grow in complexity for at least 9 years after the vintage date. Try this with pork, lighter red meat preparations, game birds or pasta with red sauces.
Pair this Cabernet Franc with pork, lighter red meat preparations, game birds or pasta with red sauces.