Raymond Burr Vineyards
2010 Cabernet Franc
California: Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma)
King of Franc
SPECIAL ALERT: We sold out of the previous vintage of this wine in record time. We also expect today’s allocation to sell out, so please act quickly. While we hate to have disappointed Operatives, we purchased every bottle that we could. Please act quickly.
We have always gone crazy for Raymond Burr Vineyards’ wines. We are especially enamored with their Cabernet Franc. When we showcased their 2009 Franc, our large allocation sold out before 6pm. For today’s sale, we were not able to get our hands on much more, so it will sell out.
This 2010 is a youthful, bright and delicious wine that is drinking very well, now, but shows great promise. We recommend that you buy enough bottles to lay some down to enjoy over the course of the next few years.
This 2010 is cleaner and more restrained that in previous vintages, giving it a bright, medium-bodied and easy-going overall appeal. Decant for at least 30 minutes for best results.
Deep crimson hues through a slightly darker core. As you swirl the wine, bright ruby highlights glint in the light.
Lush and dark with bold plum, cedar, black cherry, blackberry, cherry cola, saddle leather, and creme brulée.
Tart black cherry, young blackberry, early plum, cedar, subtle herbal notes and a hint of black pepper.
Long and bright with flavors that present as tart at the edges and dark stonefruit at the center.
This wine would be wonderful with a sautéed chicken with rosemary and garlic.
What the Winery Says
Replacing our 2009 Four Gold Medals Cabernet Franc, “really rich and focused with layers of coffee, currant, black cherry and mocha flavors, accented by soft tobacco and cedar. Moderate toast is integrated with cinnamon to allow for a nice long finish.” Phyllis Zouzounis, Winemaker
About the Winery
Raymond Burr and Robert Benevides had met, as professional actors, in the middle 1950s on the television program which was to make a legend of Burr, “Perry Mason.” Motivated in the beginning by friendship, the Burr/Benevides relationship was bolstered and advanced by their individual interest in, and knowledge of, the cultivation and hybridization of orchids. In the next several years this shared hobby began to grow until the obvious resolution was to make it a commercial venture. And so, Sea God Nurseries was born, becoming in the 20-odd years of its life an international presence with ranges in Fiji, Hawaii, the Azores Islands and in Southern California.
Simultaneously, Benevides had become Executive in Charge of Production on Mr. Burr’s very successful television series “Ironside” and together they managed an island in Fiji they had bought, where they raised copra and cattle.
In 1976 Benevides, on the advice of his father, had purchased an eminently desirable farm in the Dry Creek Valley and in the following months, as the nine-year “Ironside” drew to a close, Burr and Benevides traveled in northern California, the scene of both their young lives (Burr was raised in Vallejo, Benevides on the Peninsula, both attended school in Berkeley). Benevides took Burr to see his property in Sonoma County.
Around this time, the Dry Creek Valley was in transition; having for a long while produced hops, and then prunes, the area was just beginning to be recognized as the prime terrain for grape-growing that it now is. By 1980 the Burr/Benevides partnership had moved their orchid nurseries to the valley and work on the manzanita covered benchlands began…the clearing, the tilling, the sterilization; the wells dug, the drip-systems installed, the Roman drains, the French drains, the trellises built, the wires strung…all while the two men were actively engaged in the Viacom presentation of the new adventures of “Perry Mason” which over a period of five years was filmed in Denver, Colorado, Paris, France and Toronto, Canada!
The grapes were planted in 1986: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and, for the proprietors, a small section of Port–the bareroot stock imported from Portugal. (The Port, originally intended for family and friends, has somehow found its way onto the Cartes du Vin of a couple of upscale San Francisco restaurants, and in 1996 took Double Gold at the wine fair there.)