Cabernet Franc is the star of the middle part of the Loire Valley, where it shines in Chinon, Bourgeuil, and St Nicholas de Bourgeuil, as well as Saumur. It is also a blending partner to Merlot in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, and blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in most of the great estates of the Medoc in Bordeaux. Cabernet Franc is used in small amounts in Southwest France. In Italy, where it grows mainly in the Veneto area, it is usually simply called "Cabernet". In the United States it has found a home in many parts of New York State: Long Island, the Finger Lakes, and Hudson Valley. Cabernet Franc also produces beautiful and engaging wines in California.
Mark D Smith ("New York Wine Guy") will be showcasing Cabernet Franc at a special tasting at Brooklyn Wine Exchange where you can taste three stellar examples of the varietal side-by-side: from Chinon, the North Fork of Long Island, and El Dorado County.
Admission is free.
We will taste:
- Thierry Landry Moulin de Rochette Chinon 2014
- Paumanok Cabernet Franc 2014
- Krater Cellars Cabernet Franc El Dorado Camino Alto Vineyard 2015
This is a great chance to try the varietal from three different terroirs!
Fun fact: Cabernet Franc, along with Sauvignon Blanc, is a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon.