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Manchego

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One of the grapes used in Bordeaux blends to help soften the tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon, create more harmony and add fruitiness in those wines. It is occasionally bottled on its' own, traditionally in the Loire Valley of France and more recently in California, New York, Washington, Italy and Chile. As is often the case, the French versions tend to be more austere and tannic than the New World wines, but they are also a great deal cheaper and more elegant. The area of Chinon is making lovely versions of this varietal and are a steal compared to equal quality Cabs and Merlots or their New World counterparts, where rarity pushes up the price. This varietal benefits from a little bottle age, but is generally drinkable when young. Their acidity and softer tannins also make them very food friendly.

WHAT TO EXPECT: A medium-bodied, moderately tannic, ruby red wine with mostly red fruit aromas and flavors (raspberry/cherry). Can be quite floral (violet), vegetal (green pepper, leaves) or earthy (minerals/slate/chalk) depending on the climate grown with smoke, cedar and spice notes from the oak aging. As it ages the fruit goes from a bright sweetness to an almost dried/stewed characteristic. Best within 5-7 years of its vintage date.



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spacer.gif2010 Breton Bourgueil "Trinch", Loire Valley, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2009 Breton Bourgueil "Nuits d'Ivresse", Loire Valley, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc, North Coast, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Anglim Winery Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Cass Winery Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Charles Joguet Chinon Cuvée Terroir, Loire Valley, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Dark Star Cellars Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Domaine Filliatreau Saumur Champigny La Grande Vignolle, Loire Valley, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Domaine La Grange Tiphaine Bécarre, Loire Valley, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Halter Ranch Winery Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2005 Les Hauts Lastour Coteaux du Quercy, Cahors, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2005 McKeon-Phillips Winery Reserve Cabernet Franc, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2004 Cass Winery Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2003 Beckmen Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Santa Barbara, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2003 Buttonwood Farms Cabernet Franc, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2003 Rio Seco Winery Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2002 Rio Seco Winery Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2001 Bedford Thompson Cabernet Franc, Santa Barbara, CARATING: ***
spacer.gif2000 Bedford Thompson Cabernet Franc, Santa Barbara, CARATING: **
spacer.gif1998 Stolpman Reserve Cabernet Franc, Santa Barbara, CARATING: ****




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**** Outstanding | *** Delicious | ** Enjoyable | * Drinkable
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