Saturday, February 16, 2019 – Exploring Cabernet Franc with Svetlana

P.J. Valckenberg Pinot Blanc 2014, Rheinhessen, Germany $17.99

Delicate orange rind aromas are accented by honey and lanolin notes on this dry, full-bodied Pinot Blanc. It’s juicy and bright on the palate, with tart peach and tangerine flavors and zesty lime-toned acidity.

Food Pairings:  seafood, fish, salads, goes well with Bellavitano Balsamic Cheese

Gibbs Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015, CA $26.99

Barrel fermented in French oak and stirred on the lees for 16 weeks, Gibbs Chardonnay boasts a beautiful color reminiscent of straw or gold. Mouth-watering aromas of vanilla bean and stone fruits that give way to a deliciously round body full of juicy pear, ripe melon, and hints of honey.  Wine Enthusiast 90 Points.  230 cases made.

Food Pairings: lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces

Sun + Moon Rosé 2017, Spain $16.99

Organic & Vegan. Intense Tempranillo grapes produce this crisp, dry, rosé which blooms on the nose like a fistful of fresh cut flowers. On the palate, savor the bright fruit tones of watermelon and strawberries, and the cool, soft, minerally finish.

Food Pairings: Drink in the Sunshine, by water and with your closest friends!

Corazón Loco Tinto 2016, Manchuela, Spain $13.99

This young Spanish red is a 50/50 blend of Tempranillo & Syrah. After harvest, grapes are macerated separately, then blended and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Notes of black & red fruit, flowers, and licorice. Fresh and fruity with a beautiful silky texture and well-balanced acidity.

Food Pairings: Beef, Pasta, Veal, Poultry

Domaine Les Pins Cuvée Les Rochettes 2016, Bourgueil, France $21.99

88 points Wine Enthusiast. This Loire Valley Cabernet Franc pours a deep ruby in the glass, aromatic with fresh aromas of raspberry, violets and am almost lead-pencil like minerality. Layers of fresh red fruit mixed with spice and flowers are mingled together in a medium bodied wine with a fresh acidity. The flavors develop effortlessly and flow into a seamless finish.

Food Pairings: Roasted meats, Szechuan dishes.

Tabali Vetas Blancas Reserva Especial Cab. Franc 2014, Limarí Valley, Chile $24.99

92 points Wine & Spirit Magazine. Intense red in color, this wine has an elegant nose, with upfront notes of spices, tobacco leaves, black fruit and graphite. In the mouth, the tannins are firm and juicy, lending the wine great structure, persistence and complexity.

Food Pairings: Beef, Pork, Poultry, Game (deer, venison), Mild & soft cheeses.

Owen Roe “Rosa Mystica” Cabernet Franc 2015, Yakima Valley, WA $34.99

90 points Wine Enthusiast. Located in the heart of Washington state’s Columbia Valley, this Yakima Valley Cab. Franc showcases an uplifting nose bursting with aromas of strawberry, green pepper, cocoa powder and spice. The palate is very soft and textural with dried fruit notes, subtle hints of oak and vanilla. The dried fruit notes linger with hints of baking spices, velvety mouthfeel and firm tannins.

Food Pairings: Excellent with rich, braised meat dishes.

St. Francis “Old Vines” Zinfandel 2015, Sonoma County, CA $24.99

This rich Sonoma County classic flaunts aromas of cigar box, raspberry, pepper and spice. Flavors of ripe black cherry and vanilla bean are followed by a long, luscious finish.

Food Pairings: Grilled meats, Spicy dishes, Cheeseburgers, Pizza

Gibbs Cabernet Franc 2016, Napa Valley, CA $29.99

90 points Wine Enthusiast. A wonderful representation of a lesser-known Bordeaux-style varietal. Our Napa Valley Cabernet Franc spends eighteen months in French oak, melding aromas of cedar and dark spice with a luscious body of blackberry, plum and cassis with subtle herbal undertones.

Food Pairings: Beef, Pork, Deer, Venison, Poultry

Hartley & Gibson Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Jerez, Spain $24.99

This unique Sherry is produced from 100% sun-kissed Pedro Ximenez grapes grown in the Sherry district of Spain. It is the classic Jerez dessert wine. Fuller, richer and more intense than any other Cream Sherry now available at any price. One taste will captivate anyone who appreciates the lush, full flavor of quality Cream Sherry.

Food Pairings: Enjoy on its own on-the-rocks or neat, or with your favorite dessert.