Category Archives: Cabernet Franc

For Medlock Ames in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, 2014 Was a Very Good Year

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Coming on the heels of the exemplary 2012 and 2013 vintages, 2014 yielded yet another terrific season for grape growing and winemaking in California — and it so happened to be the third consecutive year of severe drought throughout the … Continue reading

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PICK of NAPA VALLEY: Selections from pureCru | Vintage 2010

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Last February we introduced you to pureCru, with our review of their impressive 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (93 pts). Several years ago, veteran Napa Valley winemaker Mitch Cosentino founded pureCru with several partners with an ambition to produce small-lot wines with fruit … Continue reading

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NAPA VALLEY WINE PICK: pureCru | Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa Valley | California | 2009 | $42 | 93 pts

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A number of years ago, long-time Napa Valley winemaker Mitch Cosentino relinquished his remaining interests in the winery he established in the 1980s — Cosentino Winery, on Highway 29 in Yountville — and along with several partners founded a new venture called pureCru Napa Valley.  … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA WINE: Highlights from Virginia Wine Month at the “Taste of Culpeper”

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October is Virginia Wine Month, and the time is ripe for visiting Virginia wineries, learning about grape growing and winemaking in the state, and most importantly, tasting Virginia wines.  In celebration of this special time of year — and in … Continue reading

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A BEAUTIFUL WINE: Rubicon Estate (Now Inglenook) | Cabernet Franc | Rutherford | Napa Valley | California | 2007 | $56 | 95 pts

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Aromas: perfumed; lavender; thyme; tea leaves Character: medium-bodied; elegant, harmonious & plush; medium tannins & acids; subtle oak Flavors: raspberries; clove; red bell pepper; graphite; black forest cake Food Pairing: versatile; roasted lamb; grilled salmon; Beef  Stroganoff   Much has been … Continue reading

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