Last weekend, we had the pleasure of dining with a close friend who brought this bottle out for us to enjoy. Last year, we visited Keenan (and a few other great spots) with her and bought this great Cab Franc. I usually enjoy this varietal in the colder months as its robust character pairs well with heavier meats and of course, chocolate. However, our friend accidentally grabbed this bottle on her way out and we enjoyed an error in our favor as this ultra-smooth, blackberry – vanilla – flavors made a dessert in itself.
We picked this up on our trip to the Hamptons a few weeks back. Our experience with Cab Franc has mainly focused on Napa and Walla Walla juice, so this was our first foray into the Long Island varietal. I poured a little into the glass and did some aggressive swirling to open it up a bit. After literally breathing in the wine for a minute, I sensed an earthiness that reminded me of mushrooms on an old leather sofa: not what I look for in a wine. So, I forged ahead and took a taste and to my disappointment, my nose did not steer me wrong. The wine is produced without any oak and that’s very clear in the astringent, tangy mouth feel and lack of the big fruit that is more reminiscent in the new world cab franc style. This is one of the first wines in a long time that I would not purchase again.
This was one of the treasures from our most recent Napa trip. Conn Creek is on the Silverado trail and has a welcoming tasting room. We picked up the Cab Franc and a 2004 Cab Sauv that needs some more time laying down. The Cab Franc took some time opening up, but once it did, we enjoyed it to the last drop. It’s not a fruit in your face Cab Franc, but rather holds a bit back with some tannin and structure and still has the deep blackberry/cocoa finish. This is a great bargain too at $25 for the bottle.