St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Sonoma, CA

CabTasting:          Date: April 03, 2013

Varietal:         Cabernet Sauvignon

Country:         USA, CA

Tasting Date Price:  $22.99

Rating:

Alcohol Content:  14.5%

Vineyard Website:   http://www.stfranciswine.com

Visual Aspect: Deep red

Nose:  Ripe black currant & spicy tobacco

Palate:  Currant, cassis & cedar delight the palate

Food Pairing:  Red meats especially juicy steaks

Rich varietal character & body.  Firm structure, generous tannins, & depth of color complement classic aromas & flavors of ripe black currant, cassis, dusty cocoa & saddle leather.  This wine is best served w red meat, such as a juicy steak.

This Cabernet Sauvignon has rich varietal character and body. The wine’s firm structure, generous tannins, and depth of color complement classic aromas and flavors of ripe black currant, spicy tobacco, cassis and cedar.

Winery notes:  St. Francis Vineyards & Winery, located in the heart of Sonoma County, produces big, bold; full-bodied wines that over deliver on flavor. Each wine is made from 100% hand-picked, Sonoma County fruit and are direct expressions of winemaker Tom Mackey, whose philosophy calls for “maximum extraction, minimal interaction.”

St. Francis achieves critical acclaim from the wine media who refers to it as The House of Big Reds. Among its many accolades, St. Francis was recently named International Red Wine Maker of The Year by the London International Wine Challenge.

 Winemakers Notes:  This Cabernet Sauvignon has rich varietal character and body. The wine’s firm structure, generous tannins and depth of color compliment classic aromas of ripe blackcurrant and spicy tobacco. Flavors of currant, cassis and cedar delight the palate, and make this a wine to sip slowly and enjoy.

 Vineyard Notes:  Founded in 1971, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards has always searched for vineyards with unique soil and climate characteristics. Winemaker Tom Mackey, who has been with St. Francis for over 25 years, has cultivated an in-depth understanding of each Sonoma appellation, which he has used to acquire and develop the very best grapes for St. Francis wines. This Cab has ripe, rich, chewy blackberry and black currant flavors on a lush, velvety palate followed by impressions of cedar, tobacco, spice and vanilla with supple, round tannins on the finish. Serve with juicy ribeye steaks, grilled chicken and burgers or with hard flavorful cheeses such as classic cheddars and/or Drunken’ Goat from Spain.

 

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