Weekly Sip: First Colony Cabernet Franc 2004
The last time Vine Spot visited First Colony Winery , I made it a point to pick up both of the Cabernet Franc wines they produce. First Colony Winery does a Cabernet Franc 2004 that sports an attractive price tag of $12.95 and also a Cabernet Franc Reserve 2004 for $17.95, which has a splash of Touriga and Tannat for color, complexity and tannin structure. This week’s weekly sip takes the bargain Cabernet Franc 2004 off of the now infamous ‘Wine Row’ and into Vine Spot’s glass.
Review: The Cabernet Franc 2004 is an estate bottling that is lighter bodied and offers a soft cherry and berry fruit nose with some herbal aromas. On the palate the wine is bright with cherry and blackberry flavors and soft tannins. This would be your pizza or lighter red sauce dish wine. In my opinion, based on my palate preference and the price I think the Cabernet Franc Reserve 2004 is a far better wine offering more bang for the buck so to speak. The Cabernet Franc Reserve 2004 is a more aromatic, complex and flavorful wine; the tannin structure and finish are also attractive characteristics of this selection. This would be your red meat dinner wine or evening sipper. It’s superb!
For the price point, those curious about the potential and diversity of Cabernet Franc would find satisfaction in trying these two wines side by side. First Colony also does other quality red and white wines and if you are considering visiting wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail , this winery should be on your list.