Cabernet Franc, one of the five principal grapes of Bordeaux, seems to have found an ideal home about 4 hours north in the Loire Valley. The varietal is known for being beautifully aromatic, with flavors that can include dark fruit, cocoa, pencil lead, and occasionally green notes that can range from pepper to dried herbs.
In their youth, these wines have a spicy acidity, making them a perfect partner for tomato-based dishes. With age, Cab Franc can develop a huskier presence and complexity. I find both completely enjoyable. The 2018 La Cabriole, while young, has qualities of both styles, which means you should feel free to open some now and stash some away for later!
This wine is so pretty. I love everything from the aromas to enveloping flavors of blackberry, raspberry, and plum fruit to herbaceous spice notes that offer depth to the wine without adding heaviness. La Cabriole is precisely the type of wine I picture served at quaint Bistros and dinner tables throughout France. It should be at your house, too. - Noelle Starr, Wine Consultant
Wine of the Week: La Cabriole
Posted on May 6th 2021