Raymond Burr Vineyards
2009 Cabernet Franc
California: Sonoma County
A Wine whose name is Franc
Today marks the long-awaited return of what is certainly our most popular Cabernet Franc producing wineries of these last six years! We’ve missed you, Raymond Burr Vineyards and we are so thrilled to be showcasing your remarkable 2009 Sonona Valley Cabernet Franc, today.
A true delight from first sniff, wine is a treat to inhale. Long before taking a sip, we found ourselves sticking our noses deeply into our glasses, reveling in wondrous aromatics.
On the palate, the wine is very pleasing. Lacking any of the problems that can often plague this varietal, today’s Cab Franc behaves more like a premium Cabernet Sauvignon, delivering delicious fruit, great tannin structure and a wonderful mouth feel, with an up-front grippiness that becomes softer and more elegant the longer the wine breathes. This wine is Cab Sauv-like in this regard but it is also, unmistakably, a Franc. The wine does have dark fruit, but it is also bright and very food-friendly.
Very highly recommended, enjoy this super versatile treat with a wide variety of pairings. For a vegetarian delight, pair this wine a mushroom tortellini. Four our meat lovers, spareribs, a hearty grilled beef burger or roasted quail would be superb.
Deep and dark with concentrated dark ruby hues from core to edge. Bright and translucent, this wine picks up room light and reflects it.
Lush, richly layered and brimming with aromas, this wine leads with dark black fruit of blackberry, cassis and dark plum. As it breathes, it expands to include rich layers of tobacco, dark spice, cedar, bakers chocolate, black cherry and a hint of dusty earth.
Light black pepper at the tip of the tongue, with flavors of black cherry, blackberry and unsweetened dried cranberry. The wine coast the mouth with these initial flavors. Then, softer flavors of candy apple, red currant, subtle baking spice and chocolate appear.
Elegant and rich with exceptional balance and lovely, soft tannins that invite you to enjoy slow, lingering sips.