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Third Century Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc

Third Century Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc Wine Details
Price: $50.00 per bottle

Description: "The 1999 Third Century turned out to be a single-vineyard Cabernet Franc and I think it's a very good example of the terroir from a specific place being expressed in a wine. The Cabernet Franc grown at Tre Colline shares the same concentrated, extractive, dark fruit profile as the Cabernet Sauvignon from that vineyard. This wine also has incredible, complex aromatics packed with dark fruits, smoky, mocha-coffee and orange peel notes. The mouth is layered with lots of dark fruits and cocoa, and just when you think the finish has gone as far as it can, it comes back with a burst of life and then slowly recedes." - Laurie Hook, Winemaker

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Franc:
Cabernet Franc is an accessible, spicy, herbal, dark blue grape variety that is often compared to Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannin than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Sometimes the French refer to Cabernets, which could mean either of the two grapes. Its typical aromas include an herbaceous and pronounced peppery nose, even in ripe fruit, and something eerily like tobacco. The Cabernet Franc ripens at an earlier stage, which gives it reason to exist in the Bordeaux area. In the Loire, where we find it a lot, it gives a clear red fresh and fruity wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.


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