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Zhigalova Cabernet Franc 2014

Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $16

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Aaron: Rocky mountains of granite with chili peppers make up the nose of this Cab Franc.  Tart, red berries hit the back of the throat while spicy chili powder and harissa-covered cherries glide through after the initial shock.  The spiciness tends to linger for a long time.  89 points

Teri: White pepper and raspberry nose with a medium body and a smooth but slightly bitter flavor. I tasted tart cherry, rhubarb, and white pepper with leafy greens on the finish. Nothing extraordinary on this wine. 86 points

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Richards Cellars Cabernet Franc 2014

img_0598Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $16/bottle

William Sonoma Wine Club


Aaron: I love cab francs and enjoyed this one.  Oak, brown and red leaves combined with vanilla for a traditional nose.  The flavor was nice featuring lots of small berries and some sugared allspice.  This was nice and fruity but not too heavy.  91 points

Teri: After a few sips my overwhelming first thought was, “wow this wine is incredibly easy to drink”. It has a tobacco and blackberry nose with a lighter body that carries flavors of white pepper, semi-sweet mulberry, dark raspberry and a bit of earth. Interesting overall and higher points for drinkability. 88 points 

Van Camp Cabernet Franc 2013

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Van Camp Cellars, $21.99

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Aaron:  I love cab francs and am excited to try more from Van Camp (our local winery).  The mild vanilla nose featured mostly blueberries while the flavor was a solid mixture of vanilla and cocoa.  There were some berries, mostly red but the balance was appropriate.  89 points

Teri: With a smell of dark berries and rich oak, this Cabernet Franc delivers flavors of ripe blackberry, bing cherries, vanilla, and a hint of smoke. Hearty tannins and a full body of flavor will hold up to hearty meals but still smooth on your palate. 90 points

Westover Cabernet Franc 2012

Westover Cab FrancPurchased from the Westover Tasting Room, around $20


Aaron:  Thankfully not all the Westover bottles have gone bad (we have a lot of Chardonnays which just aren’t good anymore).  This had a great nose with lots of berry and dark fruit.  Flavor is full and slightly sweet but the tannins are a bit sharp.  I like the taste but the bite is a little troubling.  Full and soft on the tongue but the swallow can be spiny if you don’t let it sit and mellow out in your mouth.  93 points

Teri: A dark raspberry color with medium/quick legs on the glass make way to a blackberry pie smell. The dark rich flavors of this wine (chocolate, blackberry, and nutmeg) are smooth and slightly jammy–perfect for those who like those bold but smooth red wines. Dark, rich, and easy to drink…this bottle is a great find all around. 92 points 

Kennedy Shah Cabernet Franc 2008 Reserve Rattlesnake Hills

Kennedy Shah Cab FrancWoodhouse Wine, $45

Aaron: This was a splurge for us and worth it in my opinion.  The very full flavor was mesmerizing and intense flavors flooded the palate.  Earth was the predominant flavor, coupled with almond overtones.  There’s a punch of spice right before the finish, followed by a gentle blend of oak and blueberry.  This was complex and enjoyable.  92 points

Teri: A full bodied wine with earthy flavors of almond, sage, and smoke followed by a smooth finish of dark raspberry. Bold but not overpowering. I found this extremely smooth and complex for a cab franc. 92 points