July 1, 2022 |
New York Tasting Panel Gives Rave Reviews
“…At a Wine Media Guild luncheon at Il Gattopardo in New York City that featured the wines of Sonoma County’s Notre Vue Estate Winery & Balverne Wines, one of the highlights for me was the former’s 2019 Chalk Hill Cabernet Franc ($59). Finding monovarietal Cab Franc from California requires a bit of sleuthing, as the grape tends to present better in cooler climates, so much of what’s grown there is reserved for use in blending. That said, this bottling had everything one would want in a Cab Franc: medium body, silky tannins, vibrancy and freshness. Spending two years in French oak, it showed notes of earthiness and pepper with a hint of cocoa, making it the ideal red for entertaining outdoors….”
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