2010 Blason Cabernet Franc Isonzo

SKU #1091594

As good as last year's Cabernet Franc, the wine boasts the same spice and black pepper and red fruits at a great, "do not miss this" price! 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Carmenere. The wine has a delicate sparkle, what the Italians call vivace--it is supposed to be like that! Serve it slightly chilled, let it open up for about an hour and you'll be extraordinarily pleased. (Greg St.Clair, K&L's Italian Buyer)

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By: Chris Miller | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2013 | Send Email
I've said this before and I'll say it again: year in, year out, this easily makes my top 5 list for best-bang-for-your-buck wines in the store (and there is some stiff competition to get in the top 20!). Uber classic Cabernet Franc aromas, with all the bitter cherry, mountain berry, spice, bay leaf, coffee bean and fresh tilled earth one would expect from a high quality Chinon or Samur-Champagny, but without the tree bark and tomato stalk aromas sometimes associated with this varietal. On the palate the wine is soft, juicy and velvety while maintaining a firm tannic structure and lovely underlying acidity. Both bottles I've enjoyed thus far from this vintage (I haven't put away a case or two yet) I've popped the night before then drank the next day, and I have to say, it gets better with a good dollop of air. So while I would normally not suggest decanting an $11 bottle, give this one a good decant, if you can. Wow!

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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.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.