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Review: 2017 Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Reserve

Virginia is one of the hottest wine regions right now. It is known for Viognier, Petit Manseng, Norton, and Cabernet Franc, but several other varietals are making their presence known. As this wine region approaches top-tier status, it is still difficult to find Virginia wine on the shelf, which is why we were eager to sit down with the 2017 Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Reserve. Barboursville pioneered Virginia plantings of Cab Franc, and their nearly 45 years of experience with the grape was on display with this vintage.

Deep garnet in the glass. Nose of butterscotch, cassis, dried cherries, a bit of dust. Chocolate up front, with cherry, stone fruit, and light tobacco, cassis and white pepper on the mid-palate, and black tea, caramel, and fig on a long lingering finish. Medium body, medium tannins. Very smooth and incredibly well-balanced. This wine is blended with 10% Petit Verdot, and the small addition adds noticeable tannin and color. Try this with braised beef.

Charted Details:

Wine: 2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve

From: Barboursville Vineyards

From: Monticello AVA, Virginia

Varietals: 90% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot

ABV: 13%

Price: $25

Rating: 94 pts

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