Category: Cabernet Franc

  • Seven Stones Speaking Rock Cabernet Franc, 2013

    Another “Big BC Red” hauled out for the season.  Think of an air-horn, the kaboom in a Road Runner explosion, a thud and thump of Cabernet Franc so ridiculously assertive it nearly deafens.  Far from our favorite amongst Seven Stones many fine reds, this is still wonderful, if unsettling.  Of a different vintage John Schreiner […]

  • Quinta Ferreira Cabernet Franc, 2010

    An exceptional BC Cab Franc but maybe not an exceptional Cab Franc?   Cherries, berries, with a hint of candied flowers, that soapy sweet smell of guest soaps back in the day, soft and floral and fake, then a punchy spice mix on the palate, a mix of clove, star anise, pepper.  To my mind […]

  • Cassini Cellars Cabernet Franc, Collector’s Edition, 2012

    Polished to within an inch of its life.  Any smoother and it would be Simoniz.  For those of us who purposefully pick out a Cabernet Franc (as opposed to say a Meritage), we probably have a predilection for a certain CF flavour profile.  I err to the side of what I call the saddle room, […]

  • Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc, 2013

    Not Burrowing Owl’s finest moment. But what a fine bottle. If you can find it. In restaurants, the Meritage features prominently in the near or plus $100 level. It sets the standard. The CF falls far below, and is less common, but so satisfying nonetheless.   The Merlot is a little slick. I can take […]

  • Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon, 2013

    We like Chinon. The Cabernet-Franc wine that is. We can’t afford Chinon. The wine or the ticket to France. So we buy cab franc from South American and other new world growers. The Raffault is a base model or entry level sipper that makes a lovely late in the day red for lighter fare and […]

  • 2013 La Grange aux Belles Anjou Rouge 53

    Mild, pleasant, pleasing. Uncontroversial. No one is going to slap their head and ask about the provenance. Or exclaim” I coulda had a V-8.” We couldn’t help but think of something archaic though—a 1920s jazz hit sung through a megaphone, a depression era dance contest. It drinks elegantly but without pizazz and is reminiscent of […]

  • 2012 Columbia Crest Two Vines Riesling; 2011 Domaines André Aubert Le Devoy Rouge; The Franc, Consentino Cabernet Franc, Lodi, 2012

    Everything Wine Wine Club, December 2013: Six different wines, two bottles of each.  Here is a review of half of the EW box from Christmas. 2012 Columbia Crest Two Vines Riesling Light, appealing, in the Alsace style.  Loaded with stone fruit flavour, a tad sweet with just a light hit of acidity.  Delectable and low […]

  • Grand Vin du Chateau Bernadotte, Haut-Medoc, 2005

    From the cellar: Pulled, at random, another 05 Bordeaux purchase from the old cellar last weekend.  It was probably a huge disservice to the French that we served it with pizza (but it was homemade pizza, Jim Lahey‘s My Bread homemade pizza dough recipe with some of the exceptional cured chorizo they hawk down at […]

  • Nichol Cabernet Franc, 2008

    A gorgeous Cabernet Franc that comes together with exceptional balance—spice, tannins, fruit.  The 08 is getting hard to find I’m told.  I could drink it by the case.  We had it with a cassoulet and it worked wonders but I think something with less kick than andouille sausage would be a more adept pairing.  A […]

  • Châteaux de la Cour d’Argent 2005

    From the cellar: Remember in 2008 when the 2005 Bordeaux was released as the best release in decades and hordes showed up at BC Liquor to max out our credit cards?  Fast forward to the 2009 release billed as the best release in decades and…  Oh wait, do I smell a bit of marketing politics […]