Cabernet Franc

Lizbeth Congiusti, aka The Sassy Somellier, tastes some Arizona Wine

I first met Lizbeth Congiusti over a year ago at a Cameron Hughes Wine tasting event. I found her to be extremely knowledgable and friendly. We arranged to meet at the Arizona Wine Grower’s tasting event. She tasted and talked about the wines, and I held the flipcam. Lizbeth is a level II Sommelier, and has published her own book: Sip Swirl Savor. For more info on Lizbeth click on the link below the video.

In this first video she talks with Rod Keeling of Keeling-Shaefer Vineyards, and tries out “His Best Wine!”

In the second video Lizbeth tastes Kief-Joshua Vineyards Cabernet Franc

Click here for Lizbeth Congiusti’s Website

Wine Review: Lang and Reed 2007, Cabernet Franc, North Coast California

Alcohol: 13.5%

Lang & Reed 2007 Cabernet Franc

Price: $22 online, $15-$20 retail. In Arizona it’s available at AZ Wine Company

100% Cabernet Franc

The nose:   Pretty floral notes, sweet almost marshmallow like…  it’s true!  Smell a freshly opened bag of marshmallows sometime…

The Palate: Slightly creamy texture, bright acidity, not a heavy long lasting acidity.  It’s more of a youthful acidity.  The fruit is a sweet and sour cherry. Sweet like a ripe dark cherry but quickly transitions into a tart unripe fruit center.  Like you are eating the center of the fruit.  Chewy Wooly tannins which make your mouth pucker up a bit, squeaky teeth tannins I like to say.

The Finish: Pleasant and light little touch of herbs.

Conclusion:  For the price ($15-$20) it is a very decent Cabernet Franc.  I’m not blown away to the point of buying several cases of it, but I think I will buy several more bottles and lay them down to see how it ages of the next year or two.  I paired this wine with a nice big New York Steak, and a twice baked potato with loads of melted extra sharp Tillamook cheddar on top.  And finished with a big piece of chocolate brownie cheesecake.  The wine went great with all three. And speaking of a nice big steak why not check out my super awesome steak recipe here

Lang and Reed Website Here


Titus Vineyards, Cabernet Franc, 2007

From their literature:  “…shimmering, intense ruby color.  The nose is alluring and complex with aromas of blueberry, violets, mocha, currant and oak spice.  Mouthfilling, well integrated, fine grain tannins give way to lush, juicy flavors of boysenberry and sweet cherry are wrapped in sweet tobacco leaf, dark cocoa and black tea.  The finish is everlasting with sweet oak spice, red fruits, toffee, and anise…”

This was my favorite by far of all the Titus wines I tasted that night.  The nose was undeniable, but not overpowering.   As far as their description goes, it is actually bang on!  Wow how about that?  Especially that long finish.  I was sad that my sample gone.  I desperately wanted more.  It was about 7pm, I still wanted to talk with Eric E. Titus a little bit, but what I really wanted to do was get my hands on a whole case of this wine and start drinking it immediately And not share it with anyone, hoard it to my self and take the rest of the week off work and drink it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  456 cases produced, $36 retail.  That is a little out of my price range for a thrice daily drinker        (I know call me cheap)  but I do “splurge” from time to time and buy Chimney Rock or Dead Arm, and now I will add Titus Cabernet Franc to the list.  Not the “Huge Big To Do List”,  but the “Wines to Aquire” list.  Actually, speaking of Chimney Rock,  I thought that this wine had quite a similar flavor profile to the 2005 Chimney Rock Stag’s Leap Cabernet, which I just had last weekend.