My first pick from the Moon Mountain Vineyard Finest 2006 Reds Sample Case was a Cabernet Franc Estate Grown 2006 from Sonoma Valley. I have never tried a Cabernet Franc by itself as I’ve always enjoyed the varietal blended in with a nice bordeaux. I was extremely excited to open this bottle and was VERY pleasantly surprised! The verdict – an amazing sipping wine that is casual yet very elegant in taste with it’s smooth finish and very luscious berries. Apologies for using the word “luscious” too often in this post however, it is the perfect word to describes the dark fruits that make up the taste of this wine. Cab Franc – a great start to my exploration of Moon Mountain reds!
Smells of darker fruits plums, blackberries, and violets. In taste, plum, blackberry, smooth with tannins, very smooth mouthfeel. The luscious fruits most definitely stand out in this evenly complex wine. A very nice wine that you could sip on for hours.
Compared to a Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc has a slightly less tannic taste and tends to be much smoother. Cabernet Sauvignon’s usually have a stronger finish with a much bolder taste. Franc adds a nice balance of fruit and has that bold taste that is not too overpowering.
Notes from Wine Maker Carol Wilson:
High on the rugged Sonoma side of Mount Veeder, our volcanic soils, warm sun and cooling nighttime breezes are ideal for Bordeaux-style varietals. They develop rich, complex flavors and deep color. Cabernet Franc is ideally suited for out rocky hillside Estate Vineyard. In the bright sunlight above the fog-shrouded valley, struggling mountain vines concentrate the ripe luscious flavors of each precious cluster. We farm our Estate vineyard with intensive methods, producing the purest fruit to organic standards.