Virginia and Bordeaux

Jefferson and others in America’s early history admired the wines of Bordeaux and brought their passion to the early states. This line-up features a wine from the Virginia producer that so delighted us last week and a well-regarded fourth growth of Bordeaux.

Rappahannock Cellars Virginia Cabernet Franc 2006
There’s fresh red fruits and the herbaceousness and acidity that’s appropriate with Cab Franc – very nice. This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc. Thanks to Rich Thomas for sharing this entry in the Grand Harvest Awards with our SRJC Wine Studies Program. P&B in Huntly, VA 13.4% $22 at the winery Rappahannock

Chateau Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien 2004
This wine is restrained in its fruitiness and more overtly toasty.  It is quite structured and needs the benefit of cellaring and will benefit the purchaser over time as the balance is there. The property is planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. 80-85% of the final blend is typically Cabernet Sauvignon and over one-third of the barriques are new. Mis en bouteille a Saint-Julien 13% $34.99 at Bottle Barn

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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