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Blue Rock Vineyard Best Barrels 2016 Cabernet Franc

Blue Rock Vineyard

2016 'Best Barrels' Cabernet Franc
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, CA

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Blue Rock Vineyard extends an exclusive invite to Cellar Angels customers purchasing a case (12 bottles) of 2016 Cabernet Franc. When visiting wine country, gain access to schedule a tasting at the beautiful Blue Rock Estate, a privilege only available for Blue Rock Vineyard Wine Club members. Experiences start at $45. Or choose a virtual wine tasting of the 2016 Cabernet Franc for you and friends with a Blue Rock Wine Specialist.
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Tasting Notes:

A pristine medium-ruby color, the nose offers a beautiful example of Cab Franc's savory, earthy dried herbs, roasted red pepper and graphite on top of bright red fruits. The palate reveals a medium-full body that dances between all the spicy aromas and fresh strawberry and red raspberry, celebrating California's famous fruit all deftly held by lively acidity and gentle tannins. A gorgeous California example of true Cabernet Franc not found very often!

– Tasting notes by Blue Rock Vineyard

  • Color: glistening purple-red
  • Aromas: strawberry, red plum, chili pepper, crushed gravel, tobacco leaf
  • Palate: tart cherry, cola, lively acidity, long finish, velvety tannin

– Tasting Notes by Ivy Phanith, Sommelier in Training

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  • Grapes
  • Region
    Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, CA
  • Production
    510 cases
  • Alcohol
    14.6%
  • Aging Potential
    Ready to enjoy now and will cellar phenomenally well for another 15 years
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Winemaker:

Rogelio Alarvado - Associate Winemaker

Kent Humphrey - Consulting Winemaker

About the Winemaker:

The estate winemaking traditions of Blue Rock are perhaps best summed up with the French term, terroir, which acknowledges the environmental factors that make the vineyard site unique including soil, weather, appellation, and to that effect, the human element as well.

Running an estate vineyard offers more control over the winemaking process, which yields handcrafted wines of distinction and soul that also give a sense of place. The name Blue Rock originates from the local soil studded with blue pebbles, rocks, and boulders of serpentine. The serpentine rock defines the unique flavor profile of the vineyard as it naturally yields a smaller quantity of grapes.

Vineyard:
Blue Rock Estate Vineyard
About the Vineyard:

Traversing 46 acres, the hillside vineyard is planted to the five Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Malbec. In 1993, an additional three acres of Syrah were planted on an extreme hillside. The cool mornings and warm days that characterize the Alexander Valley allow Blue Rock’s Bordeaux varietals to develop clarity and finesse.

Blue Serpentine rocks populate the soil and create a unique growing medium. As a result, Blue Rock wines are intense yet balanced and with distinctive aromas and flavors.

Handcrafted on site, each vintage maintains its unique personality and charm without the interference of excessive oak or other winemaking techniques found in mass quantity production.

Additional Winemaker Notes:
Aged 24 months in 14.5% New French Oak Barrels
Accolades:
Double Gold Medal - SF Chronicle Wine Competition
94 Points - The Tasting Panel Magazine
93 Points - International Wine Review
Blog:
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Food Pairing Suggestions:
Cabernet Franc is a bit more versatile in its food pairing than its brooding cousin Cabernet Sauvignon. The combination of acidity and just the right amount of tannin allow a broad range of wonderful complements such as roast chicken, duck, sausage, grilled vegetables and even smoky barbecue or tomato-based red sauces.
About the Winery
Blue Rock Vineyard Dating back to 1880, the 100-acre Blue Rock estate tells the story of how European winemaking came to Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. Italian immigrants brought with them olive trees, vine cuttings, and knowledge of grape growing. The region’s undulating golden hills and idyllic vistas even look reminiscent of Tuscany itself. Learn more