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by Fred McMillin
Tony Meets Franc
What some consider to be the greatest wine of all time was two-thirds Cabernet Franc.
...From March 23, 1999 WineDayAcres of Cabernet Franc in California:
The Rest of the Story
Noted British author Jancis Robinson has watched California and observes that the state's vintners "have been rearing Cabernet Franc with zeal since the 1980s. It is expected to play an increasingly important role there."
My tastings reflect that growing importance. In the small-acreage category, both in 1996 and 1997 the winning small-acreage varietal was a Cabernet Franc, not a Sangiovese, not a Petit Verdot, etc.
Here's another good one from my latest blind tasting, made by Tony and Herta Peju (pictured).
1995 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley
Some decades ago British-born Tony Peju made an emergency exit from Azerbaijan with but the clothes on his back and $300 in his pocket. For more, see the October 17,1998 WineDay article, " Tony's Travails.
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