Biltmore Estate, North Carolina Cabernet Franc, Asheville, NC, 2014

IMG_0152 is a pretty garnet red in the glass. Dark red fruit, black olives, minerals, graphite, and earthy aromas fill the nose. The lively palate is filled with tangy blackberry, summer sweet blackberry, blueberry, and plum. The tannins are light and the fruit dominates. Some nice tangy acidity leads to a medium finish.

 

Cabernet Franc is usually considered a blending grape. It is one of the grapes used in Bordeaux for blending. Cabernet Franc adds acidity and helps tame the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. DNA tasting has found that Cabernet Sauvignon is the son of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It is also the father of Merlot and Malbec.

 

In recent years winemakers have realized what a fantastic wine Cabernet Franc is fantastic on its own. Lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and fruit forward make this an appealing wine year round. It is also very food friendly. The Biltmore Reserve, North Carolina Cabernet Franc pairs well with all manners of roasts, these work great for Cabernet Franc. Duck and pork roasts will love its sweetness and a beef roast with root vegetables will enjoy its earthiness.

 

Biltmore Reserve, North Carolina Cabernet Franc shows for far viticulture has become in the USA. Wine lovers can travel beyond the borders of Napa Valley to find great wines. The Biltmore Reserve, North Carolina Cabernet Franc drinks as elegant as a party hosted by the Vanderbilt’s rly in the 20th century.

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