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2015 Blason Cabernet Franc Isonzo

SKU #1260640

Cabernet Franc from Italy? Why, yes! The Blason Cabernet Franc comes from pebbly limestone which is rich in iron oxides. This helps to create the intriguing and elegant fragrance of freshly cut grass, bell pepper, ripe raspberry, green pepper spice and liquorice. This wine is delightful and delicious.

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2017 | Send Email
Cabernet Franc is an interesting grape, one that reflects the its local terroir perhaps more than any other red variety. In Friuli, especially Isonzo, where Blason is from, it takes on a different character again. Friulian law doesn’t allow for grapes that aren’t registered in the Region to be listed as ingredients. Even stranger, there are two Cabernet Franc varieties in the area….one is actually Carmenere. Don’t ask, it really doesn’t make sense to a non-Italian, or even me. So Blason’s Cabernet Franc is actually a blend of Cabernet Franc and Carmenere, and it is really sensational. The nose is full of spice, cola, earth accented with bits of chocolate, and there’s a tiny bit of weedy aromatics that add dimension. This is a wine to be drunk at cellar temperature, it adds to the freshness and focuses the flavors, and while only 12.5% alcohol it has real texture and depth. I love drinking this wine with charcuterie or grilled sausage. Try it, you’ll really enjoy it!
Drink from 2017 to 2020

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2017 | Send Email
It’s back! And as long as I can keep my coworkers at bay, you may be able to buy some for yourself. There is nothing simple about this Cab Franc, it has the classic blueberry, herbaceous plum, and a hint of cola; also a little white pepper on the finish. A staff and consumer favorite for many years now, this is a wine you will want to stock up on.

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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.