When most of us think of Cabernet, we think of Cabernet Sauvignon. I like Cab Sauv a great deal but have become very fond of Cabernet Franc. It all started about a decade ago when I visited the Loire and attended Viti Loire. I had not really been exposed to all the wonderful wines of the Loire - most specifically the Cab Francs of Chinon and Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil and now I was completely immersed. Years later I find myself attracted to the Cabernet Francs of Ontario - they do not have the identical profile but share many of the same attributes.
COULY-DUTHEIL LA BARONNIE MADELEINE 2010 - CHINON, LOIRE, FRANCE - $21.95
Floral and berry nose with a dusty smokiness. Full-bodied, ripe blackberry and plum on the palate. Surprisingly rich wine with a toasty, dry finish and good tannin structure.
TAWSE LAUNDRY VINEYARD CABERNET FRANC 2010 - NIAGARA PENINSULA, CANADA - $31.95
Very fragrant floral nose. Elegant wine with fresh raspberry and blackberry fruit. Lively acids that give long, clean finish.
I am not an expert, just a discerning wine lover or amateur de vin (as the French say), but everyone has a different palate, likes and dislikes so it must be understood that any of my recommendations are personal. I just hope that you find them useful or at the very least - interesting. I also hope you enjoy my photos. It is more fun sharing then keeping them backed up on a hard drive.