A smooth, medium bodied and easy drinking wine that strikes a lovely balance with its blackberry, plum and dark cherry fruit characters coupled with classic varietal leafy tones. Made predominately from Old Vine Cabernet Franc (85%), the balance being a harmonious blob of sibling Cabernet Sauvignon. The story and overall package may be light-hearted, but the wine inside is as ever, seriously good with oodles of drinkability!
Boutinot has been working with growers in California for over 10 years, constantly sourcing the best value from vintage to vintage, increasingly with specific estates sourcing old vine material that represents the best possible value for money. The current pair of wines are sourced from the warm region of Lodi in Central California.
The grapes are harvested from 'old vines' (35 years) sourced from the single biggest Cabernet Franc vineyard in the world located in Lodi, Central California.
To enable the true flavours and characters of the Cabernet Franc (and touch of Cabernet Sauvignon) to shine through, no wood/oak has been used.
This is is a food wine that really lends itself to vegetarian dishes. Try it with grilled egglpant or zucchini, or with meals containing green peppers (capsicums), cabbage, or herbs (particularly sage, thyme, rosemary or saffron). A versatile wine that is also fantastic with tomato based dishes; lighter meats such as Turkey or Chicken, along with game meats like duck; amd richer beef based dishes like steak or veal.
The styling is following a slightly ‘Victorian’ theme, a bygone era and all that with some fabulous facial furniture at the nub of the story. “In the late 19th century, Captain Francis Frobisher discovered he had a rare gift – he was able to cultivate a variety of wondrous moustaches which took on a life of their own. He became known as Cabaret Frank and was the toast of society with ladies often fainting at the sight of his many and varied performing moustaches.” (It’s all false of course…including the tache!).
Varietal: 85% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Red – smooth and balanced
Technical information: Alc. 13%
Serving temperature: 17-21°C
Food pairing: This is a food wine that really lends itself to vegetarian dishes.
Awards: IWSC, 2018: Silver, Decanter World Wine Awards, 2016: Bronze
Lodi, California, USA