Raymond Burr Vineyards
2010 Cabernet Franc
California: Dry Creek Valley
King of Franc
SPECIAL ALERT: We sold out of the previous vintage of this wine in record time. We also expect today’s allocation to sell out, so please act quickly. While we hate to have disappointed Operatives, we purchased every bottle that we could. Please act quickly.
We have always gone crazy for Raymond Burr Vineyards’ wines. We are especially enamored with their Cabernet Franc. When we showcased their 2009 Franc, our large allocation sold out before 6pm. For today’s sale, we were not able to get our hands on much more, so it will sell out.
This 2010 is a youthful, bright and delicious wine that is drinking very well, now, but shows great promise. We recommend that you buy enough bottles to lay some down to enjoy over the course of the next few years.
This 2010 is cleaner and more restrained that in previous vintages, giving it a bright, medium-bodied and easy-going overall appeal. Decant for at least 30 minutes for best results.
Deep crimson hues through a slightly darker core. As you swirl the wine, bright ruby highlights glint in the light.
Lush and dark with bold plum, cedar, black cherry, blackberry, cherry cola, saddle leather, and creme brulée.
Tart black cherry, young blackberry, early plum, cedar, subtle herbal notes and a hint of black pepper.
Long and bright with flavors that present as tart at the edges and dark stonefruit at the center.
This wine would be wonderful with a sautéed chicken with rosemary and garlic.
What the Winery Says
Replacing our 2009 Four Gold Medals Cabernet Franc, “really rich and focused with layers of coffee, currant, black cherry and mocha flavors, accented by soft tobacco and cedar. Moderate toast is integrated with cinnamon to allow for a nice long finish.” Phyllis Zouzounis, Winemaker
About the Winery
Raymond Burr and Robert Benevides had met in the middle 1950s on the television program which was to make a legend of Burr, “Perry Mason.” In 1976 Benevides, on the advice of his father, purchased an eminently desirable farm in the Dry Creek Valley and in the following months Burr and Benevides traveled in northern California, the scene of both their young lives, and Benevides took Burr to see his property in Sonoma County.
Around this time, the Dry Creek Valley was in transition; having for a long while produced hops, and then prunes, the area was just beginning to be recognized as the prime terrain for grape-growing that it now is. By 1980 the Burr/Benevides partnership had moved their orchid nurseries to the valley and work on the manzanita covered benchlands began. The grapes were planted in 1986: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and, for the proprietors, a small section of Port–the bareroot stock imported from Portugal.
In 1990 the beautiful Southeast-facing vineyards produced their first vintage, which was released in 1995.
Winemaker Phyllis Zouzounis
Phyllis is not new to the Dry Creek Valley. She began her winemaking career working at Dry Creek Vineyard in 1980. After 15 years of experience there she moved on as winemaker and general manager of Mazzocco Vineyards. In 1987 Phyllis and her partner, Jim Penpraze, started their own Dry Creek winery, Deux Amis. making award winning Zinfandels.
The 100% estate grown vineyards at Raymond Burr offer Phyllis the challenge to produce great Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and rich, fruity Chardonnay. “Great wine starts in the vineyard with quality grapes. The Raymond Burr vineyard is a good example of this,” she will tell you. “Because it is an estate vineyard winery, this allows Raymond Burr Vineyards to create and preserve the quality in the vineyard first and then follow through to the finished wine.”
Phyllis is a great believer in balance. “My focus is balance. Balance of the vine, balance of the fruit and balance in the wine.”