About This Wine
Imagine a wine possessing the best qualities of hefty reds, without being “over the top.”
Imagine no longer. Meet Cabernet Franc, a variety that does double duty in France depending upon where it’s grown. In Bordeaux, it’s one of the key varieties used by vintners when crafting their world-class red cuvees. In the Loire, it’s typically bottled as a varietal wine under the regional names Bourgeuil or Chinon.
Loire renditions are known for mirroring the characteristics of the vineyard, with aromas of green pepper, forest floor and flowers. When grown in California, that “earthy” quality shadows the more upfront fruit flavors of the variety.
Quail Hollow crafts a California-style Cabernet Franc that offers just an echo of the Loire: Its dark fruit flavors are complemented by light leafy notes that enhance the complexity and expand the food-pairing possibilities. Try it with roast chicken, pork, duck, lamb or a petite filet (see box).
About Cabernet Franc
Lighter, less tannic wine with more fruit than Cabernet Sauvignon, with which it is often blended. Flavors of teas leaves, blackcurrant, strawberry and chocolate.
- Grape Composition:Cabernet Franc
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Blackberry, Tea, Clay and a Light Leafy Note
- When to Drink:Now Through 2021
- Food Pairing Suggestion:a petite filet with a green and pink peppercorn sauce.
5 recipes match for this wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this wonderful recipe a few years ago. We've tried it with Cabernet Sauvignon as the recipe calls for, as well as Merlot, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel... and every time, it turns out delicious! It's best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such a machine, it's extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy! Get The Recipe