Vinum Cellars The Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2007
Cabernet Franc from Sierra Foothills, California
This single vineyard, 100% Cabernet Franc displays deep plum color, medium brick red on the edges. The aromas are rich with ripe Cabernet notes such as cassis, black cherry, leather and cigar box. The palate is very concentrated with a rich sappy core of fruit backed by firm tannins with soft supple edges. The core fruit is blueberry and boysenberry, with silky vanilla from French Oak. Additionally there's a subtle spice which explodes out of the Cabernet matrix making this Franc varietally distinct and correct.
This is a fine wine made from low yielding Cabernet Franc grown at high elevation in the El Dorado foothills in Red Volcanic soils. It is head trained to allow maximum sun light into the canopy yielding a Cab Franc without vegetative flavors. This a wine for the open-minded and adventurous, but any Cabernet Sauvignon fancier would become an instant fan.
This wine pairs nicely with well seasoned Rib Eye Steak topped with Golden Chanterelles sauteed with shallots and tarragon and a pinch of sea salt. Or try a whole or half chicken roasted and then split and finished over the grill, served quartered and tossed with brioche pieces, pine nuts, dried cranberries and over a Caesar salad with shaved Reggiano Parmesan..
Wine Enthusiast - "A 100%-Cabernet Franc from mountainous El Dorado County! This wine's crazy good with tons of varietal character — woodsy tannins, touch of green pepper, vials of violets — that’s also packed with plenty of great plum, cassis and savory notes of leather and mocha, all in a memorable package. With plenty of grip and acid, enjoyed over a meal, it gets better by the minute and has the depth to age 5 - 10 years, too."
Vinum Cellars Winery
Vinum Cellars is a collaboration of winemakers Richard Bruno and Chris Condos, who first became friends while they were students at UC Davis. They share a long standing passion for Chenin Blanc and fondness for the more obscure grape varieties. After graduation, Chris went to work for Pine Ridge as Enologist, and Richard went to Bonny Doon as their distiller. Shortly after, their friendship was solidified over Chenin Blanc with the creation of their first wine "Pointe Blanc". Currently the Vinum Cellars team is working with over 10 grape varieties from Placer County Cabernet Franc to San Benito County Viognier. In addition to the Vinum Cellars partnership, they are employed as winemakers: Chris with Kathryn Kennedy Winery and Richard as a Napa winemaking consultant. View all Vinum Cellars Wines
About Sierra FoothillsView a map of Sierra Foothills wineries
Called gold country since the mid-1800's, the Sierra Foothills, located between Sacramento and the Nevada border, was a hot spot for those seeking a gold rush fortune. Some of these settlers brought some European vines with them and somewhere in that mix was the Zinfandel grape.
Notable FactsZinfandel remains the grape of choice here, followed by Rhone Blends. Volcanic rock & granite-based soils give their wines a robustness that make them unique, and highly sought after, particularly from the two best-known counties, Amador and El Dorado. Zinfandels here are spicy and structures, with brambly fruit and excellent backbone. Once a well-kept secret, wine from the Sierra Foothills is now on the national wine map.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.