Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Adelaida Viking Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc

Adelaida Viking Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc 2009
www.adelaida.com
Paso Robles, California

Work -- and everything -- was cancelled today on account of the doom falling from the sky, masquerading as 4 inches of snow. Since I had the whole day at home, of course I had to make a big batch of beef stew. What wine, I asked myself, would be the perfect base for my hearty pot-o-goodness? A Cabernet Franc, of course! I popped open a 2009 Paso Robles Cab Franc. Admittedly, it's still a little early for this wine to be at its best, but it was perfect splash in my stew -- and showed its character quite well after decanting the rest for about an hour.
   
Review: This wine has a rich dark ruby color. It has pronounced aromas of elder flower, black currants, bramble, and just a touch of leafiness. On the palate the fruit remains prominent and is accompanied by black licorice, spicy pepper, and a bit of earthiness. The tannins are a touch coarse, but have mellowed the longer the wine has been decanted. The medium acidity and medium high alcohol round out the rich mouth feel. The flavors and spice linger for a good while -- so tasty!

Food Pairing: Clearly I'm drinking this with my beef stew. The ripe fruit perfectly compliments the sweetness of the veggies, and the earthy notes make the mushrooms pop. Yum.

Bottom Line: This is a beautiful Cab Franc. It's ripe, complex, and highly satisfying on a cold cold night.  

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Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2009
  • PLACE: Paso Robles AVA (American Viticultural Area)
  • GRAPE: Cabernet Franc
  • BOOZE: 14.5% 
  • PRODUCTION: 100 cases
  • CELLAR: Hold for a few more years
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Where did I get it? Adelaida Wine Club
What's the damage? Premium

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