The Alexander Valley Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc is a wine I've tried previously. But I bought a 2nd bottle and actually enjoyed it a bit more. While the body and fruit-forward flavors were decidedly Californian, there was a strong gravelly, earthy minerality I hadn't appreciated as much in the first bottle as well as varietally correct tobacco and a little funkiness. It's a spot-on Cab Franc, basically, that's true to both region and varietal.
- 2007 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Franc Wetzel Family Estate - USA, California, Sonoma CountyDefinite French styling here. Cedar, tobacco, and leathery aromas. Earthy, gravelly flavors after fresh fruit-forward attack. While more fruit forward and fuller bodied, this has definite Chinon qualities to it. Very much a Cab Franc. Oak is well integrated, no heat.