2013 Tenuta Luisa Cabernet Franc (Elsewhere $23)

SKU #1258893 90 points Wine & Spirits

 Peppery and fresh, this shows classic franc notes of black raspberry and tobacco leaf, with lifted acidity and moderate alcohol. It would make a juicy and satisfying partner for a charcoal-grilled burger.  (8/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Grilled herb, black licorice and smoke notes drive this chewy red, with dried black currant and baked plum fruit flavors and a long, smoky finish. (Web-2016) (AN)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2016 | Send Email
I love the complex blend of earth, spice, olives and forest floor you find in the nose of this wine. Friulian Reds sometimes are a bit too lean or green but 2013 was a great vintage for Reds there and this wine has the texture and balance in spades! Long finish full of complex herbs and spice, elegant and supple, a perfect food wine. Try it with pasta, sausage or savory onion tarts.
Drink from 2016 to 2019

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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.


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Alcohol Content (%): 13