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Ravines Wine Cellars

Cabernet Franc 2018

After the success of cask aging in 2017 our Cabernet Franc to reduce the influence of oak, this wine was again aged for 12 months in 2000 liter Hungarian Oak casks. Now one of the most recognizable and distinguished red varietals from the Finger Lakes, the '18 Cab Franc has 21% of the famed Argetsinger Vineyard fruit and the rest is from the estate White Spring and 16 Falls Vineyards.

Vibrant crimson in color with a bright, inviting nose of red and black currants. Seductive and layered on the palate with juicy plum, red and green pepper, tart strawberry and hints of violets. Silky tannins, black cherries and cloves form an herbaceous finish.


Forbes Dec. 2020 Top 9 Cabernet Francs:

“This is a bold single variety wine. Dark fruit, olive tapenade, dried herbs, fresh tobacco, and trailing pepper elicits the senses. Fine-grained tannins from large cask aging offer a smooth mouth-feel. A fruit-driven plate is juicy yet balanced with earthiness in a full-bodied wine with a long finish.” -MW, Forbes, 12/4/20

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SKU: 4123-18
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Cabernet Franc
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“The 2017 Cabernet Franc was aged for nine months in new and large oak casks (half French, half Austrian-Slavonian). It comes in at 12.9% alcohol. This is the first vintage of the Cab Franc made in the large oak casks—meant to reduce the oak impact. It's beautiful, fresh, structured and classic. There are olive nuances around the edges, black fruits and plenty of power. The structure is superb. It handles the wood beautifully—the new regimen seems like a big success. It could use another year or two of cellaring, although it is approachable now, and it will age well. This is another super value from Ravines. There were about 1,800 cases made. It's terrific, reasonably priced, available and able to age. What's not to like? One of the stars in the region, Ravines makes everything well, including the reds. This was a stunning group, perhaps led by the amazing sparkler at a great price.” -Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, 90 points; Mark Squires, 6/28/19