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Cab Franc - Two of our Favorites under $15 - 09/10/2013 - Loire Valley

Domaine les Pins has been family run for five generations. They are a small artisanal producer which oversees every stage of the production from start to finish themselves. They have roughly 30 hectares of Cabernet Franc spread out through the Bourgueil and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil regions. They practice sustainable farming and each and every vine get singular attention throughout the year. Vines of an average age of 25 years are planted in sandy, clay and gravel soils. After harvest they are de-stemmed, sorted and put into tank for spontaneous fermentation to begin. After being pressed off and letting malolactic fermentation happens the wine is put into concrete tank for at least 10 months prior to bottling.

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2011 Domaine Les Pins "Les Rochettes" Bourgueil ($12.99)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Concentrated, fruity wine, its black currant fruit is smoothed by wood aging. The wine has great spice, juicy acidity and good depth of flavor. Its certainly worth aging this wine for 2-4 years. R.V." (10/2013)

Wine Spectator: "Bright and fresh, with good savory, olive and chalk notes weaving around the core of red and black cherry fruit. Offers a brambly feel on the finish. Not dense, but defined, showing excellent typicity." (05/2013)

K&L Notes: A rich ruby red with notes of violets and red berry fruits, this Cabernet Franc is nicely layered on the palate with brightness running throughout and just a touch of smoke mixed in with some purple fruits. Soft waves of mineral with a nice soft tannin make this a true delight to drink. Domaine les Pins has been family run for five generations. They are a small artisanal producer which oversees every stage of the production from start to finish themselves. They have roughly 30 hectares of Cabernet Franc spread out through the Bourgueil and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil regions. They practice sustainable farming and each and every vine get singular attention throughout the year. Vines of an average age of 25 years are planted in sandy, clay and gravel soils. After harvest they are de-stemmed, sorted and put into tank for spontaneous fermentation to begin. After being pressed off and letting malolactic fermentation happens the wine is put into concrete tank for at least 10 months prior to bottling.

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2011 Domaine Les Pins St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil ($14.99)

Wine Enthusiast: "Fragrant, tobacco, black currant and spice aromas lead into a young, fruity wine. It has soft tannins, great juicy fruit and lively acidity. The texture is stalky, likely to round out over the next 2-3 years." (10/2013)

Wine Spectator: "Shows the lighter profile of the vintage, but remains pure, sleek and persistent, with a tobacco leaf note shading the core of plum and cherry fruit. Dark olive and anise hints flicker on the finish. Drink now through 2014." (05/2013)

K&L Notes: A touch deeper in color than the "Les Rochettes" from Bourgueil along with a bit more density throughout. A broad mouth feel with a really nice silky tannin component which add to its structure and overall appeal. Lots of fleshy purple fruits and silky spring flowers. Domaine les Pins has been family run for five generations. They are a small artisanal producer which oversees every stage of the production from start to finish themselves. They have roughly 30 hectares of Cabernet Franc spread out through the Bourgueil and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil regions. They practice sustainable farming and each and every vine get singular attention throughout the year. Vines of an average age of 25 years are planted in sandy, clay and gravel soils. After harvest they are de-stemmed, sorted and put into tank for spontaneous fermentation to begin. After being pressed off and letting malolactic fermentation happens the wine is put into concrete tank for at least 10 months prior to bottling.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 21, 2013

Good fresh St. N de Bourgueil. Pure fruited with just subtle hints of Cab Francs herbal side. Elegant and lively on the palette. Crushed tart red fruits and a touch of wet leaf.

Staff ImageSarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 20, 2013

Red cherry, red plum, sandalwood spice, cassis, with just a teeeeeeeny hint of Cab Franc's signature green notes. Medium plus acidity & medium tannin, very pleasant and easy- think BBQ, pizza or as the perfect Tuesday night sipper! Great value!