Cabernet Franc

August 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Cabernet Franc (along with Sauvignon Blanc) is one of the parent grapes of the popular Cabernet Sauvignon. Records of it go as far back as the 18th Century, but Cabernet Franc is thought to have been around for much longer than that.

It’s one of the most widely planted grapes in the world and known for early bud break and ripening, which make it a perfect grape to plant in Virginia.

Why?

Because ripening early means we can pick it sooner and avoid the threat of harvest rains Virginia is known for.

Cabernet Franc is most often used as a blending piece in Bordeaux-style reds. For the past few years, however, we’ve given Cabernet Franc the chance to prove itself, and it has yet to disappoint.

And… our newly-released 2008 vintage is no exception.

This wine is bursting with nice spice, lush fruit and pepper aromatics. It’s blended with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot for body and tannic structure, and spent nearly two years in both American and French oak barrels. The deep cocoa, dark fruit on the body and nice grape tannins make this a great wine for heavier meals, such as red meats, pastas and tomato-based sauces.

Cabernet Franc is often over-looked, but you’d never know it when you visit Sunset Hills; we’ve bottled it in all different styles: roses, vineyard designations, light-bodied, full-bodied and reserves.

-Suzanne

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