2009 Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rosé (Previously $16)

SKU #1057934

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " Extremely pale pink. Nervy red berries and mineral on the nose, with notes of anise and talc adding complexity. Dusty, sharply focused red fruit and floral flavors are lifted by tangy minerality. Becomes weightier with air without loss of energy, and finishes with very good, spicy persistence." Produced from the young vines of Cabernet Franc grown on the extremely quality conscious estate. This 2009 has a clear and smooth pink color and a lovely fresh and very bright fruity taste of wild strawberries, pink melon and pomegranate.

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 By: rachel  |  Review Date: 4/23/2011 
Perfect rose. Dry Strawberry lemonade with mineral zip. Rivals a good Bandol at half the price. 90.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.
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