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CA Cab Franc recs?

#1 Post by Tom Chen » September 16th, 2020, 11:39 am

I'm not that familiar with this grape as the main component.

Any recommendations for Cab Franc based wines that are fairly representative of the grape (not looking for something that tastes more like a Cab, as I have tons of those types of wines)?

Thanks much!

Tom

EDIT: to correct my stupid mischaracterization of Ghost Dog [oops.gif]
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#2 Post by OwenB » September 16th, 2020, 11:43 am

I think Ghost Dog is predominately Petite Sirah and Cab Sauv. Wasn't aware of there being any Cab Franc in it, but I could be wrong.
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    #3 Post by Loren Sonkin » September 16th, 2020, 11:47 am

    What is your price range?
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    #4 Post by Tom Chen » September 16th, 2020, 11:48 am

    Thanks Owen.

    Don't know why I thought Ghost Dog was mainly Cab Franc.

    I corrected the post, but I still really liked the Ghost Dog I tasted (2016 vintage).

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    #5 Post by Shay_A » September 16th, 2020, 11:50 am

    Hard to go wrong with Detert’s Cabernet Franc. The history, the land, quality...all there.

    Another one that stays true, albeit more expensive, is Jarvis Cabernet Franc.
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    #6 Post by Tom Chen » September 16th, 2020, 11:50 am

    Loren Sonkin wrote:
    September 16th, 2020, 11:47 am
    What is your price range?
    Since I don't know what is "good" or "bad" Cab Franc yet, I would like to stick with $75 or less, but if there are stellar examples above that price point, that is fine too.

    I would imagine there are some nice bargains out there relative to Napa Cabs.

    Thanks Loren.

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    #7 Post by KyleC » September 16th, 2020, 12:09 pm

    Shay_A wrote:
    September 16th, 2020, 11:50 am
    Hard to go wrong with Detert’s Cabernet Franc. The history, the land, quality...all there.

    Another one that stays true, albeit more expensive, is Jarvis Cabernet Franc.
    +1 to Detert and Jarvis. I'll add Clos du Val's CF to the list as well.

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    #8 Post by MICHAEL C R O M W E L L » September 16th, 2020, 12:12 pm

    Here are some suggestions

    Less than $100
    Chappellet
    Amizetta
    Turnbull

    $100-150
    Detert
    Aonair
    ARNYCA
    Palazzo


    Going to higher price points:

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    #9 Post by Philip G » September 16th, 2020, 12:14 pm

    Tom Chen wrote:
    September 16th, 2020, 11:50 am
    Loren Sonkin wrote:
    September 16th, 2020, 11:47 am
    What is your price range?
    Since I don't know what is "good" or "bad" Cab Franc yet, I would like to stick with $75 or less, but if there are stellar examples above that price point, that is fine too.

    I would imagine there are some nice bargains out there relative to Napa Cabs.

    Thanks Loren.
    Chappellet or La Jota would be what I would go for in that price range. Chappellet will be excellent. I haven't had La Jota but have had their Syrahs and I'm guessing the CF would be very good too.
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    #10 Post by larry schaffer » September 16th, 2020, 12:19 pm

    Plenty of great suggestions and a few more to add to the list:

    Lang and Reed (they started out ONLY making Cab Francs)
    Jonata
    Lieu Dit
    Roark Wine Company
    Big Table in OR

    The variety can certainly be polarizing depending upon what you are looking for. The last three make lighter takes on the variety but stay true to the more Loire green elements that I dig in the variety.

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    #11 Post by Jeff_M. » September 16th, 2020, 12:21 pm

    Pride & Chappellet are my two main go to's for CF in Napa Valley. I just started buying Detert based on recommendations here. I like Ehlers Estate CF as well but am not a buyer of it annually.

    I have had very nicely aged Pride and Chappellet CF and would recommend them very highly.
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    #12 Post by Tom Chen » September 16th, 2020, 1:18 pm

    Thanks all.

    I will pick up a bottle or two from some of the above.

    Any suggested vintages for drinking now, not necessarily for showing the best, but to get a sense of style that I may like?

    Once I find one or two I really like, I'll pick up more from them across some vintages for more aging.

    At this point, just trying to see which producer/style I may like best.

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    #13 Post by larry schaffer » September 16th, 2020, 1:21 pm

    Tom,

    Just head over to Wine Exchange and hit up Kyle for suggestions; or go to Hi Time and hit up Dan - both will steer you right. And you might want to throw in some Chinon in there for comparison sake.

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    #14 Post by Jeff_M. » September 16th, 2020, 1:22 pm

    Tom Chen wrote:
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    Thanks all.

    I will pick up a bottle or two from some of the above.

    Any suggested vintages for drinking now, not necessarily for showing the best, but to get a sense of style that I may like?

    Once I find one or two I really like, I'll pick up more from them across some vintages for more aging.

    At this point, just trying to see which producer/style I may like best.
    The last 6 years of releases, 12-18 have been great. 17 was a warmer year and I haven't had many 17 reds yet. I would go with 13, 15 and 16 vintages if going for Napa Valley.
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    #15 Post by Tom Chen » September 16th, 2020, 1:23 pm

    Thanks Larry.

    I love Wine Exchange!

    Gives me a good reason to pay them a visit.

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    #16 Post by M. Meer » September 16th, 2020, 1:39 pm

    Ehlers and Acorn are nice examples of CA cabernet franc (read: not Loire)
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    #17 Post by jnbrown » September 16th, 2020, 1:50 pm

    I second Wine Exchange.
    If you order from them get some of Larry's Cinsault, you shouldn't miss it.
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    #18 Post by Chris Seiber » September 16th, 2020, 2:04 pm

    Viader is a highly acclaimed Napa producer of cab franc. Their signature wine, Viader (their proprietary red), is usually something like half to 2/3rds cab franc, plus they make a cab franc bottling called Dare.

    Viader is a lovely wine, definitely showcasing the character of modern California cab franc within its flagship blend. I haven't tried the Dare yet.

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    #19 Post by Tom DeBiase » September 16th, 2020, 2:16 pm

    If you like a lighter style Cab Franc that is delicious and so easy to drink, try RYME Cab Franc. The 2018 is the current vintage and it is excellent. Added bonus is lower alcohol and only old barrels used.

    Will post a recent note later.

    Here is my note from earlier this year. No need to spend anywhere near $100.00, the 2018 RYME Cab Franc is $35.00 direct from the winery.

    2018 Ryme Cabernet Franc Alegria Vineyard: The wine was fermented in two separate lots. One was a whole cluster fermentation in a tank and pressed gently by foot once a day to keep the top fresh and release some juice. This results in a partial carbonic fermentation. The other lot was whole cluster into clay amphora. Both fermentations were pressed separately to neutral oak barrels and blended prior to bottling.
    Bright fresh cherry, crushed black pepper, green herbs, basil and cedar. Very good acidity and some grippy tannins on the finish. Year after year the Ryme Cab Franc is a favorite of ours. Very versatile with food. 12.5 ABV.

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    #20 Post by Tom DeBiase » September 16th, 2020, 2:17 pm

    If you like a lighter style Cab Franc that is delicious and so easy to drink, try RYME Cab Franc. The 2018 is the current vintage and it is excellent. Added bonus is lower alcohol and only old barrels used.

    Will post a recent note later.

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    #21 Post by JohnP » September 16th, 2020, 2:24 pm

    If you like mountain cabs, I'd encourage to try La Jota cab franc, for $100. If you're looking for a total hedonistic valley cab franc blend (40% cab franc 60% cab), Bevan's EE Tench is mind-blowing good, for $195.
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    #22 Post by Max S. » September 16th, 2020, 2:25 pm

    MICHAEL C R O M W E L L wrote:
    September 16th, 2020, 12:12 pm
    Here are some suggestions

    Less than $100
    Chappellet
    Amizetta
    Turnbull
    Michael, is Turnbulls cab franc significantly superior to their estate grown cab sauv? I find it to be one of those "please everyone, impress no one" type of wines.
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    #23 Post by MICHAEL C R O M W E L L » September 16th, 2020, 3:01 pm

    Max S. wrote:
    September 16th, 2020, 2:25 pm
    MICHAEL C R O M W E L L wrote:
    September 16th, 2020, 12:12 pm
    Here are some suggestions

    Less than $100
    Chappellet
    Amizetta
    Turnbull
    Michael, is Turnbulls cab franc significantly superior to their estate grown cab sauv? I find it to be one of those "please everyone, impress no one" type of wines.
    I think the Turnbull CS wines are better. But I think the Leopoldina Cab Franc is a step up over the other CFs in their stable.

    I like the way you put your assessment...seems to be the house style with a lot of horses in the stable. That being said, they do make some stand out individual wines (e.g., Pierra, Black Label)
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    #24 Post by brigcampbell » September 16th, 2020, 3:10 pm

    Tom Chen wrote:
    September 16th, 2020, 1:23 pm
    Thanks Larry.

    I love Wine Exchange!

    Gives me a good reason to pay them a visit.
    Call the Pavilions on Marguarite and Oso in Mission Viejo, ask for Shoene. or anyone can help.

    see if they have the Virage Red which is primarily CF. Good stuff

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    #25 Post by Tom Chen » September 16th, 2020, 3:16 pm

    Thanks Brig.

    I have shopped there, more for groceries than wine, but they do have a nice selection for a grocery store.

    I live in Nellie Gail, so pretty close.

    And, thanks all.

    Lots of recs for me to filter through!

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    #26 Post by Jeff_M. » September 16th, 2020, 3:20 pm

    Tom Chen wrote:
    September 16th, 2020, 3:16 pm
    Thanks Brig.

    I have shopped there, more for groceries than wine, but they do have a nice selection for a grocery store.

    I live in Nellie Gail, so pretty close.

    And, thanks all.

    Lots of recs for me to filter through!
    Not sure if they still have the library open but during the summer Pride was selling older vintages of their CF to customers.
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    #27 Post by G. Bienstock » September 16th, 2020, 3:42 pm

    From Red Mountain in Washington, I like Terra Blanca. A blend of two Cabernet Franc clones. Blueberry and raspberry with a hint of Earth.
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    #28 Post by NED VALOIS » September 16th, 2020, 3:54 pm

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    #29 Post by Ken Zinns » September 16th, 2020, 4:18 pm

    Tom DeBiase wrote:
    September 16th, 2020, 2:16 pm
    If you like a lighter style Cab Franc that is delicious and so easy to drink, try RYME Cab Franc. The 2018 is the current vintage and it is excellent. Added bonus is lower alcohol and only old barrels used.

    Will post a recent note later.

    Here is my note from earlier this year. No need to spend anywhere near $100.00, the 2018 RYME Cab Franc is $35.00 direct from the winery.

    2018 Ryme Cabernet Franc Alegria Vineyard: The wine was fermented in two separate lots. One was a whole cluster fermentation in a tank and pressed gently by foot once a day to keep the top fresh and release some juice. This results in a partial carbonic fermentation. The other lot was whole cluster into clay amphora. Both fermentations were pressed separately to neutral oak barrels and blended prior to bottling.
    Bright fresh cherry, crushed black pepper, green herbs, basil and cedar. Very good acidity and some grippy tannins on the finish. Year after year the Ryme Cab Franc is a favorite of ours. Very versatile with food. 12.5 ABV.

    Tom
    Good recommendation, Tom, and I've loved just about every Cab Franc that's come from Alegría Vineyard in RRV. Frankly, I think most of the wines posted in this thread - at least those that I'm somewhat familiar with - are on the bigger, Cabernet Sauvignon-like end of the Cab Franc spectrum. Probably 80-90% of California Cab Franc falls into that category. I did a blind tasting a few years ago of lighter, Loire Valley-inspired California Cab Franc bottlings (along with some French ringers), and can recommend some others.

    I'd say my favorites of the tasting were:
    Broc (from Santa Barbara County fruit)
    Tessier (past vintages from Alegría Vineyard fruit, now from El Dorado County)
    Lo-Fi (from Santa Barbara County fruit)
    Babame (from El Dorado County fruit, made by Steve Edmunds)

    Others a notch below but still good:
    Methode Sauvage (from Bates Ranch, Santa Cruz County)
    Prima Materia (from Lake County)
    Krater (from El Dorado County)

    We also had one from Bailiwick but they're no longer in business.

    As with the Ryme Cab Franc, I don't think any of these were even approaching $50 - I'd guess all were $35 or less. I think the higher the price, the more Cabernet Sauvignon-like the wine is likely to be.

    The tasting was to help prepare for our first Cab Franc at Harrington Wines in 2017. Unfortunately Bryan Harrington decided to close up shop after the 2018 vintage, and although I like the Cab Franc wines we made there, I felt like we were just starting to get a handle on the fruit sources and what were the best ways of dealing with the fruit from them.

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    Tom - at our Cab Franc tasting we had a starting course of Vermentino, featuring Ryme of course!

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    #30 Post by Tom DeBiase » September 16th, 2020, 4:32 pm

    Ken Zinns wrote:
    September 16th, 2020, 4:18 pm
    Tom DeBiase wrote:
    September 16th, 2020, 2:16 pm
    If you like a lighter style Cab Franc that is delicious and so easy to drink, try RYME Cab Franc. The 2018 is the current vintage and it is excellent. Added bonus is lower alcohol and only old barrels used.

    Will post a recent note later.

    Here is my note from earlier this year. No need to spend anywhere near $100.00, the 2018 RYME Cab Franc is $35.00 direct from the winery.

    2018 Ryme Cabernet Franc Alegria Vineyard: The wine was fermented in two separate lots. One was a whole cluster fermentation in a tank and pressed gently by foot once a day to keep the top fresh and release some juice. This results in a partial carbonic fermentation. The other lot was whole cluster into clay amphora. Both fermentations were pressed separately to neutral oak barrels and blended prior to bottling.
    Bright fresh cherry, crushed black pepper, green herbs, basil and cedar. Very good acidity and some grippy tannins on the finish. Year after year the Ryme Cab Franc is a favorite of ours. Very versatile with food. 12.5 ABV.

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    Good recommendation, Tom, and I've loved just about every Cab Franc that's come from Alegría Vineyard in RRV. Frankly, I think most of the wines posted in this thread - at least those that I'm somewhat familiar with - are on the bigger, Cabernet Sauvignon-like end of the Cab Franc spectrum. Probably 80-90% of California Cab Franc falls into that category. I did a blind tasting a few years ago of lighter, Loire Valley-inspired California Cab Franc bottlings (along with some French ringers), and can recommend some others.

    I'd say my favorites of the tasting were:
    Broc (from Santa Barbara County fruit)
    Tessier (past vintages from Alegría Vineyard fruit, now from El Dorado County)
    Lo-Fi (from Santa Barbara County fruit)
    Babame (from El Dorado County fruit, made by Steve Edmunds)

    Others a notch below but still good:
    Methode Sauvage (from Bates Ranch, Santa Cruz County)
    Prima Materia (from Lake County)
    Krater (from El Dorado County)

    We also had one from Bailiwick but they're no longer in business.

    As with the Ryme Cab Franc, I don't think any of these were even approaching $50 - I'd guess all were $35 or less. I think the higher the price, the more Cabernet Sauvignon-like the wine is likely to be.

    The tasting was to help prepare for our first Cab Franc at Harrington Wines in 2017. Unfortunately Bryan Harrington decided to close up shop after the 2018 vintage, and although I like the Cab Franc wines we made there, I felt like we were just starting to get a handle on the fruit sources and what were the best ways of dealing with the fruit from them.


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    Tom - at our Cab Franc tasting we had a starting course of Vermentino, featuring Ryme of course!


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    Hey Ken, I remember that tasting you did and wrote down a few of your recommendations. Thanks for the reminder. Fully agree that as the cost of CF goes up it’s likely to take on much more CS character.

    And that RYME Vermentino is also an annual buy for us.

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    #31 Post by Brent S » September 16th, 2020, 5:10 pm

    Trivia-Cabernet Franc is the most expensive grape per pound grown in Napa Valley.
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    #32 Post by Ed Steinway » September 16th, 2020, 5:47 pm

    +1 on La Jota and Pride. Also, if you like the style of La Jota then you will probably enjoy Mt. Brave. It is a little less expensive than La Jota but made in a similar style, with Chris Carpenter as the winemaker.

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    #33 Post by TimF » September 16th, 2020, 6:07 pm

    Is there a particular reason you’re focusing on California Cab Franc? My wife is a huge fan of Cab Franc. We have a bottle at least once a week but it’s usually from the Loire Valley, it’s usually $15 and generally delicious.
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    #34 Post by Wes Barton » September 16th, 2020, 7:07 pm

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    #35 Post by Bruce Rudman » September 16th, 2020, 7:37 pm

    A few years back I tasted with Trespass. Best California Cab. Franc I had ever had. Realm Falstaff is also very good but there was something about Trespass that was quite compelling.
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    #36 Post by Tom Chen » September 16th, 2020, 7:54 pm

    TimF wrote:
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    Is there a particular reason you’re focusing on California Cab Franc? My wife is a huge fan of Cab Franc. We have a bottle at least once a week but it’s usually from the Loire Valley, it’s usually $15 and generally delicious.
    Mainly because my wife likes CA reds much more than Old World wines. I may try a Chinon for comparison as suggested earlier in this thread.

    Figured I'd start with CA Cab Franc and then venture out to other regions if it is a varietal we like.

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    #37 Post by TimF » September 16th, 2020, 8:20 pm

    Tom Chen wrote:
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    TimF wrote:
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    Is there a particular reason you’re focusing on California Cab Franc? My wife is a huge fan of Cab Franc. We have a bottle at least once a week but it’s usually from the Loire Valley, it’s usually $15 and generally delicious.
    Mainly because my wife likes CA reds much more than Old World wines. I may try a Chinon for comparison as suggested earlier in this thread.

    Figured I'd start with CA Cab Franc and then venture out to other regions if it is a varietal we like.
    Fair enough. If you’re used to CA wines, the Loire could be a bit of a disappointment.

    Give Larry’s (Tercero) 2016 Cab Franc a shot. I just got a shipment of them today.
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    #38 Post by Philip G » September 17th, 2020, 7:18 am

    On the top end if you want to treat your wife sometime, B Cellars does a Dr Crane Cab Franc and Tor does a To Kalon. These are 98+ $200 type wines and limited quantities.
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    Re: CA Cab Franc recs?

    #39 Post by Chris Seiber » September 17th, 2020, 8:42 am

    Tom DeBiase wrote:
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    If you like a lighter style Cab Franc that is delicious and so easy to drink, try RYME Cab Franc. The 2018 is the current vintage and it is excellent. Added bonus is lower alcohol and only old barrels used.

    Will post a recent note later.

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    Because (1) I love cab franc and (2) I'm a hopeless Wine Berserker with no control of his spending impulses, I went ahead and ordered three bottles of RYME. Looking forward to trying them. Thanks for the rec.

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    #40 Post by mattcitrang » September 17th, 2020, 10:19 am

    Chris Seiber wrote:
    September 17th, 2020, 8:42 am
    Tom DeBiase wrote:
    September 16th, 2020, 2:17 pm
    If you like a lighter style Cab Franc that is delicious and so easy to drink, try RYME Cab Franc. The 2018 is the current vintage and it is excellent. Added bonus is lower alcohol and only old barrels used.

    Will post a recent note later.

    Tom
    Because (1) I love cab franc and (2) I'm a hopeless Wine Berserker with no control of his spending impulses, I went ahead and ordered three bottles of RYME. Looking forward to trying them. Thanks for the rec.
    Have you looked at any of these de Negoce cab francs?

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    #41 Post by Tom DeBiase » September 17th, 2020, 10:50 am

    Chris Seiber wrote:
    September 17th, 2020, 8:42 am
    Tom DeBiase wrote:
    September 16th, 2020, 2:17 pm
    If you like a lighter style Cab Franc that is delicious and so easy to drink, try RYME Cab Franc. The 2018 is the current vintage and it is excellent. Added bonus is lower alcohol and only old barrels used.

    Will post a recent note later.

    Tom
    Because (1) I love cab franc and (2) I'm a hopeless Wine Berserker with no control of his spending impulses, I went ahead and ordered three bottles of RYME. Looking forward to trying them. Thanks for the rec.
    Chris, let me know what you think. If you like a fresh lively style without oak influence, you will like RYME CF. Very different than most Napa CF (Not that that style is bad)

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    #42 Post by M. Meer » September 17th, 2020, 10:57 am

    There are at least 4 CFs with fruit from Alegria (RYME, Method Sauvage, Tessier, and Acorn). That could be fun to try.
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    #43 Post by Ken Zinns » September 17th, 2020, 11:12 am

    M. Meer wrote:
    September 17th, 2020, 10:57 am
    There are at least 4 CFs with fruit from Alegria (RYME, Method Sauvage, Tessier, and Acorn). That could be fun to try.
    Older Bailiwick CF too. They closed up shop 2-3 years ago but you might still be able to find some. Their 2010 was a particular favorite.

    Ryme is very good, though Tessier may be my favorite of those I’ve tried. The Cab Franc from this relatively cool location for the variety often lends a jalapeño note to the wines, which I enjoy.
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    #44 Post by Vince T » September 17th, 2020, 12:05 pm

    The one time Larry Schaffer made his 2016 Tercero aberration from Cab Franc, it was insanely good.

    Tom, if you are exploring cab franc and haven't had them from the Loire, it's worthwhile to see the comparison. It's a different style than most CA CFs, but one huge difference is that you can get outstanding wines <$25 and even many of the top wines are <$50. There are numerous threads here about Loire Reds about which wines to go for.
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    #45 Post by Tom DeBiase » September 17th, 2020, 12:27 pm

    Vince T wrote:
    September 17th, 2020, 12:05 pm
    The one time Larry Schaffer made his 2016 Tercero aberration from Cab Franc, it was insanely good.

    Tom, if you are exploring cab franc and haven't had them from the Loire, it's worthwhile to see the comparison. It's a different style than most CA CFs, but one huge difference is that you can get outstanding wines <$25 and even many of the top wines are <$50. There are numerous threads here about Loire Reds about which wines to go for.
    Thanks Vince, I love Loire CF, drink them often and for sure their value vs California CF is far superior. Since we moved out to Sonoma County in 2013 we have become a part of the wine scene here. Not only sampling and drinking the wine but also meeting, conversing and enjoying the company of the people involved with wine here. It's been great and we have barely scratched the surface of what's going on here.

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    Re: CA Cab Franc recs?

    #46 Post by Marlon F » September 17th, 2020, 12:55 pm

    Jeff_M. wrote:
    September 16th, 2020, 12:21 pm
    Pride & Chappellet are my two main go to's for CF in Napa Valley. I just started buying Detert based on recommendations here. I like Ehlers Estate CF as well but am not a buyer of it annually.

    I have had very nicely aged Pride and Chappellet CF and would recommend them very highly.
    I had a 2012 Pride and it was really good
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    Re: CA Cab Franc recs?

    #47 Post by Marek Hnatyk » September 17th, 2020, 1:12 pm

    Totally out of your budget ( 100 USD) but Dalla Valle Maya (current vintages only 30% of Cabernet Franc in final blend) should be the finest wine which includes Cabernet Franc in Northern California [winner.gif]
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    Re: CA Cab Franc recs?

    #48 Post by Tom Chen » September 17th, 2020, 1:15 pm

    Definitely book marking this thread, as so many great suggestions. Thanks to all!

    Like Chris, , I bought 3 bottles of the RYME (thanks Tom for the rec!).

    Recs at so many different price points.

    Want to start on the low end and build up if the grape is something we like.

    Marek, I have a 2013 Maya resting away.

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    #49 Post by Marek Hnatyk » September 17th, 2020, 1:24 pm

    Tom Chen wrote:
    September 17th, 2020, 1:15 pm
    Marek, I have a 2013 Maya resting away.
    Lucky you...
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    Re: CA Cab Franc recs?

    #50 Post by M. Meer » September 17th, 2020, 2:26 pm

    Ken Zinns wrote:
    September 17th, 2020, 11:12 am
    The Cab Franc from this relatively cool location for the variety often lends a jalapeño note to the wines, which I enjoy.
    Definitely tasty in its own right. Thanks for the recs!
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