Quick Sip: 2007 Chateau O’Brien Cabernet Franc Cellar Collection
Today’s “Quick Sip” is the Chateau O’Brien 2007 Cabernet Franc Cellar Collection. Chateau O’Brien is located in Markham, Virginia, and is one of the few Virginia producers to grow and produce a varietal Tannat. As a matter of fact, Tannat is their flagship red wine – made in a classic dry and late harvest style. Chateau O'Brien also grows and produces Cabernet Franc, which is one of the state's most widely planted red wine grape varieties. Overall, 2007 was a good to very good growing season for Virginia grape farmers. It was warm-to-hot and fairly dry, allowing producers to make riper and fuller wines than in normal years. The 2007 Cabernet Franc Cellar Collection more or less reflects this.
2007 Cabernet Franc Cellar Collection
In the glass, the 2007 Cabernet Franc Cellar Collection displays a dark ruby color and inviting aromas of black cherry, blackberry, sweet spice, hints of oak, and a faint minty impression. The palate is smooth and round with light tannins, modest acidity, moderately ripe fruit flavors, and soft toasty notes on a medium length spicy finish. The 2007 Cabernet Franc Cellar Collection retails for $29, clocks in at 13.9% ABV, and has a real cork enclosure. Try pairing this wine with winter vegetable stews and roasts or enjoy it with a good book while sitting next to the fireplace. This wine is currently tasted on Chateau O’ Brien’s Cellar Collection Tasting menu ($10 per person)that's offered on Saturday and Sunday.
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