2008 Carr Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley
Carr Winery is really what a winery should be about. Enjoying the fruit and having a great time with every moment. Ryan and Jessica Carr took their love from the University of Arizona (Go Cats!) to the vines of Santa Barbara and have set up one of the most fun and inviting wineries that I have ever seen. With a tasting room on the Urban Wine Trail in downtown Santa Barbara, the Carr’s have done something in wine that is rare – make it fun. With lots of great events at the tasting room and around town, this duo is putting out great Pinot Noir, Syrah, one of the best Pinot Gris in California and my personal favorite – their 2008 Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc is looked at as the bastard stepchild of Cab Sauvignon, but actually is the genetic parent of the more famous grape. Cab Franc tends to be more herbal, dusty, dank and dark, but what Ryan Carr has managed to put together with this 2008 version, is nothing short of sensational!