Producer: Canyon Wind Cellars
- Production: 144 cases produced
- Additional Notes: This was the first single varietal Cabernet Franc that Canyon Wind Cellars has produced. Winemaker Jay Christianson was nice enough to dig up some library notes for me for the review. From Jay: The library is small enough that I have not opened and tasted this varietal in few years but the tasting notes from pre-bottling trials indicate that the wine had nice balance, good violet and blueberries. The oak for this wine was 1/3 new, 1/3 once used, 1/3 twice used oak, and only about 15% French. Many thanks to Jay Christianson for the details.
Virginia Pour House Notes:
Aroma: licorice, clove, jammy notes of blackberry and hints of floral notes
Flavors: light spice with blueberry, blackberry and hints of cassis
Finish: smooth finish with soft tannins and floral notes carrying the finish
Additional Notes: Colorado Wine. Prior to my trip to Denver, I communicated over twitter with Canyon Wind Cellars by recommendation of Early Mountain Vineyards in Virginia, to try to visit and review the winery. What I didn’t know is the trip was a couple hours out of the city and I was there for business purposes as it was, so the visit didn’t end up happening. Instead, I ventured to Avanti Winery, which happened to have a bottle of the 2004 Cabernet Franc (they are currently selling the 2010) on the rack. I ended up bringing this home on a trip to enjoy with a few wine lovers in Rhode Island. This completely changed my perception on Colorado Wine. The deep ruby red color, big bodied structure, perfectly balanced tannins and acidity completely through me for a loop. Excellent Cabernet Franc, and in of all places, Colorado. That being said I encourage you, if ever in Colorado, be sure to visit Canyon Wind Cellars for some of the best wines Colorado has to offer.
VIRGINIA POUR HOUSE RATING