A VA Cab Franc I Like

I do not care for Cab Franc much, at least the ones I’ve had produced here in the states. They are often thin, acidic, vegetal, and just not good. So it took me by great surprise that I liked this wine, and liked it enough to take a bottle home!

The wine was a 2006 Rappahannock Cellars Cabernet Franc. It clocked in at 13.4% alcohol by volume, had a real cork closure, and cost us $22 at the winery minus a 10% discount.

On the nose the wine was peppery, with vanilla, currants, and spice. It was just a little bit vegetal, but not in a bad way at all. In the mouth I found spice, earth, and currants. The wine was tannic, but as it opened up, I got flavors of tart blackberries in the wine.

A VA Cab Franc I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend!

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5 Responses

  1. I’m glad you’ve found a CF you enjoy. It’s actually one of my favorite varietals when done correctly. What you describe in your tasting notes is what I’d consider a ‘proper’ CF. Spice is the key to a good CF.

  2. Hey Megan
    I have enjoyed Rappahannock Cellars wines in the past as well. Their Viognier is usually done quite nicely.

    see ya
    John
    :)

  3. Try Barboursville Cabernet Franc Reserve…absolutely delicious.

  4. Yes, the 2006 Rappahannock Cellars Cabernet Franc is the best Cab Franc in Virginia!

  5. Thanks for the comment everyone. B, I haven’t been to Barboursville yet, I have to get out there!

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