The Other Cabernet

 

As a big fan of Cabernet Franc, this unusual selection caught my eye. If you are unfamiliar with this grape variety and like to explore new wine possibilities, Kermit Lynch, the highly respected West Coast importer and wine merchant, is offering this tempting, somewhat obscure Anjou Rouge. And to further entice us, he is including shipping on 3 bottles or more until January 31st.

2015 Chateau D’Epire, “CLOS DE LA CERISAIE,” Anjou, $17.95, from kermitlynch.com

Reasonably well-informed people associate Anjou with lovely pears, Chenin Blanc or Rose wines. Cabernet Franc, however, is linked with Chinon and Bourgueil. But there are a few reds from Anjou, and this one was bottled unfined and unfiltered. And the vintage is excellent.  Given its impressive background, this is a Cab Franc to try, and by my definition,  the price is close enough to be deemed a bargain.

 

Author: robywine, norm roby

My career as a wine journalist/critic began in 1975 when my article about California Petite Sirah was published. My focus remained on California as I edited a monthly wine magazine and then moved on to The Wine Spectator in 1981. Over the following years, my column appeared under the banner of “Stormin’ Norman, and I also wrote articles about wine collectors and wine auctions. Without getting into a year by year bio, let me try to summarize here. During my time with The Spectator which I enjoyed immensely, I taught wine classes at a culinary school and at other venues in San Francisco. Before venturing into wine, teaching was my thing, English Lit and Rhetoric. After The Spectator I was the U.S. Contributor to Decanter Magazine, writing mostly about California, but also expanding into Washington State and Oregon. My Decanter years began in 1992 and after buying a summer home in France in 2000, I traveled throughout France and eventually published articles about St. Emilion, Castillon, Bergerac, Minervois, Roussillon, Luberon, Provence, and Alsace. Also, around 2000, my wife began working for Cousino-Macul in Chile, so we tasted and traveled our way through Chile and, of course, managed to fly over the Andes and explore and taste our way through Argentina. As travel lovers, we have also spent many interesting days visiting the wine regions of Spain, Italy, Portugal, Sicily, Greece, and New Zealand. And to come to a close, I was Director of a Charity Wine Auction for 20 years, 1992-2000 that benefitted a local hospital. That brought me in contact with wine collectors and to the auction scene. And finally, I co-authored a book, The Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine published by Alfred A. Knopf. It went through 4 editions and sold over 500.000 copies.

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