My move to New York has created a new obsession for wine...Cabernet Franc. A few trips to the Northfork of Long Island and I was hooked. Since then I seem to notice every Cab Franc my wine stores stock. Even when I go in for lets say, Shiraz, I may end up with a Cab Franc and a geeked out desire to find out any information I can about the wine. With this I am going to taste several over the next few months and post about them here. I would appreciate any comments and suggestions you'll have.
My intention of going right to the source of this grape led me to the Loire region of France, and by this I mean the Loire section at Astor Wines. With a little help from the staff I found this bottle, imported by Jenny & Francios, labeled "Pur Breton" and designated as being organic. Since it was 100% Cab Franc and only $13, it would be a good start on my quest for knowledge.
This wine was unlike anything else I had tasted. The dark red color and silky texture was appealing. The nose was very herbal and mossy with some fruit undertones. I tasted cherries but I could not recognize the other fruit as it was too complex for my immature palate. Very earthy, like lying down on the forest floor munching wild berries is the visual my imagination concocted.
I enjoyed this wine but not for the same reasons I liked the same grape grown on Long Island. I don't think it pairs as well with all types of foods. It isn't as crisp and straightforward either. It was very elusive and ever changing with every sip. I liked it for the same reason I like a David Lynch film. After its over I don't know if I loved it, understood it, or could explain the plot to others, but I can't stop thinking about it. I'd love to try this again after my palate matures. My grade: B