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Van Camp Cabernet Franc 2015

Purchase from Van Camp Winery, $24.99



IMG_0867 2.jpgAaron:  Van Camp is solid.  I really love these wines and this one is a perfect medium bodied, middle of the road, everyday wine.  There were plenty of oak and vines with lots of greenery but enough huckleberry to remind you this is still made from fruit, not trees.  There was a lightly juiced flavor and extremely mild tannins.  I normally say “watery” is a bad thing but in this caseit was appropriately mild.  Overall, easy drinking and easy to pair with a wide variety of foods.  90 points.

Teri: Rasberry and chocolate covered strawberries on the nose. A blend of vegetable and fruit flavors: bell pepper and blueberries with medium tannins and finish. Let the bottle breath for about an hour to open up. 88 points 

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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

Richards Cellars Cabernet Franc 2014

img_0598Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $16/bottle

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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