- 2022 Cabernet Franc, Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve, Paso Robles, California ($7.99 @Trader Joe’s in California)
…and let’s be frank: you just don’t see many bottlings of straight up Cabernet Franc – unless you are standing in a Winery Tasting Room. Cab Sauv? Sure. Cab Franc. Not so much…
So that is what caught our attention. And it’s a tasty little number, especially considering that a year ago the grapes that went into this wine were almost certainly still on the vine!
Speaking of vines…
Did you know that Cabernet Franc is the genetic parent of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which it is often paired with with creating world class cuvees such as California Meritage and those delicious elixirs from Bordeaux, France. Talk about good roots!
Bottle and glass of the 2022 Cabernet Franc, Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve from Paso Robles
Pours a nice dark ruby red, with aromas of blackberry, wet stone and plum. Full bodied yet smooth with notes of black cherry and hints of mocha. This is a young wine, bright and fruity. It would pair nicely with a plate of pasta with red or cream sauces. It would also pair well with lean meats and even turkey, because it’s not too early to be thinking about “big bird”.
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