The big highlight this week is Kristie Tacey’s 2018 Tessier Cabernet Franc from the Alegria Vineyard in the cool Russian River Valley of Sonoma. I am a sucker for this variety, especially when presented as a singular, unblended expression. We are particular to the values found in northeastern Italy in Collio on the border with Slovenia, and very fond of Bernard Baudry’s vineyard designated Chinon from the Loire Valley of France.
Since prices have continued to escalate, this will be Kristie’s final vintage of Cabernet Franc from the historic Alegria Vineyard first planted in about 1886 according to the Historic Vineyard Society. However, full disclosure, this Cabernet Franc parcel was planted in 1991. Kristie Tacey’s minimal intervention approach, and deft winemaking touch has certainly captured one of the purest expressions of this lovely 100% Cabernet Franc. The fruit was picked just once on September 27th at 23 brix. FRANKLY! She NAILED IT! I surrender! 😋🏳
This medium bodied wine displays perfect ripeness, with deep, heady, intense and complex floral aromas of black violets and dark spicy roses mingling with ripe cherries, but so much more. The comforting mid-palate displays black raspberries and a mild, roasted red pepper nuance, and is refined and supple, with silky, integrated tannins that just glide into overdrive on the long finish. Good grief! So good! And it is going to get even better with a little more time! Put a light chill on it to enjoy on a hot summer night…..with everything from medium rare Ahi, to your favorite fajitas combination! Or save for the Thanksgiving table and dark meat turkey with classic sage dressing! 20% whole cluster pressed. Aged in neutral (aged) French oak. Only 120 cases were produced. Alcohol is a precise 13.0%.
Oh remember, Kristie likes to select music to pair with her wines. Here is her selection for this Cabernet Franc.