Steele Rosé Cabernet Franc Lake County 2017

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Lake County

Varietal   Cabernet Franc

Retail Price   $17

ABV   13.2%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, medium pink color.

Aromatics

The nose is moderately intense offering scents of rose petals, red cherry, and rhubarb with supporting notes of cranberry and orange peel.

Flavor

The palate confirms the nose delivering a red fruit-driven core with flavors of hibiscus tea and tart red berries. The finish is tart and crisp.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied and nicely balanced with a vibrant texture.

Cool Factor

A

We love Rosé and when the days get longer and warmer and drinking al fresco becomes a daily desire be sure to have some chilling.

Value Grade

B

Selling at $17 a bottle this Rosé is certainly competitive while being just above our sweet spot of $15 for summer Rosé.

Analysis

Cabernet Franc is a varietal long used for Rosé wines in France in both Bordeaux and the Loire Valley among others. In the US we don't see as many Rosé wines made with Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon dwarfs Cabernet Franc in terms of acres grown at a ratio of roughly 25 to 1. The Steele Cabernet Franc is sourced from the Steele Stymie Bench Vineyard in Lake County. This wine is tart, crisp, and quite dry. 87 points.

How to Enjoy

Serve chilled with nothing but a glass at happy hour or pair with cold roast beef or grilled vegetables.

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