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Brick & Mortar

Cabernet Franc, 2017

This is the fifth wine Matt Iaconis has crafted for Blue Apron, making him one of our most popular winemakers. As with his previous wines, Matt shows that California’s highest-quality grapes are often found in off-the-beaten-path old-vine vineyards. Matt discovered time-hardened Cabernet Franc vines in the Zinfandel heartland, of all places, and used them to make a wine on a par with the best from France’s Loire Valley. At this rate, his sixth wine will set a new standard.

Profile

Brick & Mortar Cabernet Franc is like a Chinon on a West Coast holiday—the herbal complexity and tannins are all there, but with Chinon’s typical austerity replaced by classic California fruitiness.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Rose petals
Blackberry
Raspberry
Rosemary

Pairing

The calling card of these reds—like Cabernet Franc, Carménère and some Malbecs—is the herbal, smoky or even meaty flavors emerging from the fruitiness. The savory element makes these wines match well with roasted vegetables; the more fresh herbs in a recipe, the more harmonious each bite and sip.

More About The Wine

Lodi is a warm, dry region where just about every grape variety, red or white, grows well. Winemaking immigrants from Europe figured this out around 1850. In more recent years, small sections of Lodi that experience cool nights were planted with varieties such as Cabernet Franc, since the chillier air preserves a zingy freshness in the wines—just as in the Loire Valley.

DID YOU KNOW?

Cabernet Franc is a key grape in many red Bordeaux wines. But it’s the star variety of Chinon, a small area in France’s Loire Valley. A bottle labeled Chinon is always Cabernet Franc.

  • VARIETY
    Cabernet Franc
  • VINTAGE
    2017
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Lodi, California, USA
  • OAK
    French oak (5 months)
  • ALCOHOL
    14.1%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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