You may not have noticed, but there is a new star on the horizon!
Cabernet Franc, a longtime grape used in many red blends, is now getting recognized as a primary ingredient under its own name.
One of the better examples of this is the Byington Winery Cabernet Franc. Byington, in the hills between Los Gatos and Santa Cruz, has a wonderful location for the production of this wine. Warm days, cool evenings and possible fog on a routine basis makes for a perfect setting for this wine.
While Byington does use their Cab Franc as part of some of their blends, the Cab Franc as a primary grape is done quite well. The 2006 is still available through Byington and is not only a good example of a typical Cab Franc, but is a really good example of a quality red from the region.
The wine was barrel-aged longer than normal, giving it a smoother taste than would have been encountered with a normal red barreled wine.
This is definitely a fun wine to enjoy!
Available from Byington, ranging from $16 - $20.
Byington can be found at http://www.byington.com/
Have a winederful day!