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Vinum Cellars The Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2007

Cabernet Franc from Sierra Foothills, California
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14.5% ABV
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14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

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..

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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.
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Vinum Cellars, Sierra Foothills, California
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Winemakers Richard Bruno and Chris Condos first met while students at UC Davis, bonding over their love for Chenin Blanc and other obscure grape varietals. They established Vinum Cellars in 1997 with their first vintage of Chenin Blanc and since then have expanded production to include different varietals from multiple California AVAs.

Their philosophy is that winemaking begins in the vineyard and thus they value their strong relationships with top California growers in key locations. The duo has long-standing relationships with growers in Napa, Sonoma, Clarksburg, Monterey and Paso Robles.

Sierra Foothills

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Originally a source of oenological sustenance for gold-seeking miners of the mid-1800s, the Sierra Foothills was the first region in California to produce wines from European grape varieties. Located between Sacramento and the Nevada border, this area’s immigrant settlers chose to forgo growing the then-ubiquitous Mission grape and instead brought with them superior vines from the Old World to plant alongside mining camps.

Zinfandel has been the most important variety of this region since its inception, taking on a spicy character with brambly fruit and firm structure. Amador and El Dorado counties, benefiting from the presence of volcanic and granite soils, are home to the best examples. Bold, robust Rhône Blends and Barbera are also important regional specialties.

Cabernet Franc

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The subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets, Cabernet Franc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. While both are important grapes in modern day, high quality Bordeaux, interestingly, Cabernet Franc most likely originated from the Basque region of France sometime during the middle 1600’s. Today Cabernet Franc produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine producing world, with some of its most classic examples from France’s Loire Valley, in the regions of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur-Champigny. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc performs quite well in parts of California, New York and Virginia. It is also a great blending grape.

In the Glass

Cabernet Franc typically tastes of red raspberries, cherries and herbs, with a stunning perfume of violets, tobacco and spice.

Perfect Pairings

Mouthwatering acidity makes Cabernet Franc an incredibly food-friendly wine, helping to cut through the richness of fatty meat dishes. It especially shines in tandem with lamb, and its affinity for the spice cabinet allows it to pair perfectly with Chinese dishes prepared with Szechuan pepper and five-spice.

Sommelier Secrets

One of California's best-kept secrets is the Happy Canyon appellation of Santa Barbara. Here Cabernet Franc shines as a single varietal wine or in blends, expressing sumptuous fruit, savory aromas and polished tannins.

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