Cab Franc Fri-Yay!

Cabernet Franc is one cool grape. Susan will teach you all about it, and lead you through five new wines, red and rosé, including some from the Loire Valley in France, and a couple from the US. Come taste what all the Cab Franc fuss is about! #friyay

Laurent Herlin, “Cintré” Pét-nat – Loire Valley, France ($26)
An all-natural Cab Franc Pét-nat?? Yes, please! After working for over a decade as a computer engineer, Laurent Herlin dropped everything to follow his passion: wine. He took classes in Beaune, Burgundy and worked at various vineyards and eventually purchased a 5-hectare property in the Loire appellation of Bourgueil. His Cab Franc grows on sandy, gravelly clay, and limestone soil and he uses 100% biodynamic farming and cellaring methods. This is a happy wine, full of sunshine, positivity, grace, style, and strawberry-leaf notes.

2016 Domaine Plouzeau 'Rive Gauche' Chinon Rosé – Loire Valley, France ($18)
This fabulous blog and podcast from Amy C. Collins gives a lot of love to this fantastic Cab Franc rosé from Domaine Plouzeau. Situated on the “rive gauche” of Chinon around Ligré, Marc Plouzeau took over the estate in 1988 and produces organic, small-yield, 100% hand-harvested Cab Franc.

Laurent Herlin, “Tsoin Tsoin” Bourgueil (2015) – Loire Valley, ($21)
Another gem from Laurent, and this time as a still red wine. In the words of Michel, founder of the importer Vinotas Selections, “[It’s] like Bourgueil Nouveau. Happiness ensues.” How right Michel is. It’s a Cab Franc full of fresh fruit and depth. Terrior-driven and elegant and one of the best natural wines I’ve tried as of recently!

2012 Turtle Creek Cabernet Franc – Lincoln, Massachusetts ($35)
Estate-grown Cabernet Franc right from MA! A local wine made with love and passion by the wonderful Kip Kumler, owner and winemaker at Turtle Creek. Kip prides himself on “garagiste” style wine – small scale production, attention to quality and detail, and sustainable production. This Cab Franc hits all the distinctive notes of the grape varietal: medium-bodied, savory, ripe fruit, and a twinge of eucalyptus. Unlike its spawn of Cabernet Sauvignon (which is the baby (er, big baby) to its parent grapes of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon), Cabernet Franc has a lovely lightness of touch, with lower acidity and thinner skin than Cabernet Sauvignon, and Turtle Creek achieves this elegance with their 2012 Conservation Hill Estate Cab Franc.

2012 Bloomer Creek Cabernet Franc – Finger Lakes, New York ($29)
Bloomer Creek is a pioneer in natural winemaking in New York State, led by winemakers Kim Engle and Debra Berminham, who we had the pleasure of meeting at the RAW Wine Festival in Brooklyn last year. Kim and Debra refuse to use insecticides, finding them to be unnecessary in a healthy vineyard, and herbicides have not been used in over 20 years on their vineyard sites. Their 2012 Cab Franc is a powerhouse of red cherry and raspberries with an acidic bite. Earthy and fun, this unfiltered wine would pair with an herbaceous lamb meal or portabella mushrooms.