Wine Review

Color:  Red

Type:  Table

Maturity:  Ready

Appellation:  Rutherford
Country:  United States

State:  California

County:  Napa

Region:  North Coast (CA)
Producer Wine Name Varietal Reviewer Rating Vintage Cost
Freemark Abbey Winery    Cabernet Franc Mike Taylor Excellent  2000  $28.00
A good single varietal bottling of Cabernet Franc wine is hard to find. Producing a light-to-medium bodied wine, this varietal is often part of a blend providing a fruit lift to its Cabernet Sauvignon partner. But a stand alone bottle of Cab Franc? Like I said, hard to find. However, there are those exceptions –rare as they may be.

Enter Freemark Abbey's 2000 Cabernet Franc release. There is plenty to like about this wine on its own, but it really shines when paired with a good meal. The wine shows a dark ruby core that fades to a purple rim. It still shows plenty of youthful color even in spite of its age. The nose has wonderful aromas of blackberry, raspberry and rhubarb that mix well with spice and a burnt smoky toast. In the mouth the medium body is well suited to the racy acidity and fine light tannins. The wine has a solid structure from beginning to end and parts with a lengthy finish.
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Date added: May 09, 2007
Superb: 95-100 | Excellent: 90-94 | Very Good: 85-89 | Good: 80-84 | Ordinary: 75-79 | Undrinkable: 50-74

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