Rundown of Recent Santa Barbara County Bottlings of the Bordeaux Grape and Loire Star
If you have yet to reach for cabernet franc, now’s the time to try the lighter, crisper, and more aromatic cousin to cabernet sauvignon.
Santa Barbara County’s producers are making some wonderful examples, ranging from the lighter, high-acid, and low-alcohol style of France’s Loire region, which are amongst California’s best; to Bordeaux’s bigger, more opulent approach, again with a number of top quality wines also being made. No matter what, cab franc should never be too heavy, and it’s quite nice to drink the lighter ones a little on the cool side.
Here are a few worth your attention:
Carr Vintners Camp Four Vineyard 2012: With cherry pip and vanilla pod, this is an extremely smooth wine, soft, and velvety, reminiscent of merlot. Have it with thin crust Italian style pizza — buffalo mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, and prosciutto, which you can take along to Carr’s tasting room. $30