2005 Knights Valley Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc • Knights Valley AVA
California: Sonoma County
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Mission Codename: The Knights Templar
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Infiltrate Adobe Road and return, finally, with their Cabernet Franc
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Adobe Road Winery
Wine Subject: 2005 Cabernet Franc – Knights Valley
Winemaker: Franc Dusak
Backgrounder: Its no secret that The Wine Spies love Adobe Road wines. When Agent Red first tasted their Cabernet Franc back in 2007, he was hooked. Unfortunately for our Operatives, the winery was totally sold out of the current vintage. Today, Agent Red finally gets his hands on a handful of cases of the current vintage!
As you know, Cabernet Franc is one of Agent Red’s favorite red varietals. Perhaps this is because its flavors are often rich, layered, complex and elegant. Or, perhaps he loves Cabernet Franc so much because it pairs so exceptionally with many different foods. One of the most notable things about Cabernet Franc is the fact that finding excellent examples can be very difficult. Read Red’s tasting notes and mission report below for the full intel on today’s superb wine
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look -Beautiful, dark burgundy in color, with great clarity through its darkly concentrated heart. When swirled, the surface of the wine appears speedy and bouncy, settleing quickly as it leaves behindultra-skinny legs that take a long time to appear before the move slowly down the glass
Smell – Bright fruit cranberry, red cherry, and raspberry, with added notes of vanilla, sweetwood, toast and soft oak
Feel – Initially, very wet and then smooth and cool on the mid-palate where it has a slight drying effect
Taste – Dark cranberry, raspberry, tart plum, tart dark cherry, stems, soft earth and smoky violets
Finish -Smooth at first with bright fruit flavors that linger as an all-over-mouth dryness appears
Conclusion -This is a superb and delicious Cabernet Franc that was absolutely worth the long wait! This wine is bright and juicy, but with a refined austerity that does not take itself too seriously. There is no pretension here, just fun, with authentic fruit and slight floral/vegital flavors that work together in harmony.
“Congratulations, Red. You finally did it!”
“Thanketh thee, Agent White. T’was not easy, but in the end my bravery won out and I was able to fight gallantly. the battle was long and arduous, but, of course, victory was finally mine.”
“Riiiight. Good work on securing that Cabernet Franc from Adobe Road. I know that you really wanted that wine.”
“Indeed, my good sir. In order to win the favor of Lady Adobe, I had to fight valiantly. In the she relented. Here’s a song I wrote for the occasion:
_The scent of the Franc is in the air,
Its flavors bold and bright,
With largess of blossom and perfume rare
The perfect wine delight,
And the fairies tread a measure fair
To the chime by the blue-bells rung.
And the Cab Franc vines carol unafraid,
For no man may do them wrong,
While King Arthur’s knights pass down the glade,
And each, as he rides along,
Wending his way by sun and shade,
Beguileth the hour with song.
With that, Agent Red gets a dreamy look on his face. He grins at Agent White and then lays his head down on his desk. A moment later, Agent White spots the empty Adobe Road bottle.
Agent White rolls his eye at the now-snoring Agent Red, turns on his heel and walks briskly out of Agent Red’s office…..
What the winery says
About This Wine:
Waves of earthy cranberry fruit, vanilla and brown sugar aromas are followed by sumptuous red fruits on the palate. A perfectly balanced wine with mouthwatering acidity, this is a great dinner wine, a great sipping wine, or a great gift for wine lovers who really enjoy wine when it truly expresses the grape that it is made from, and the place where it is grown.
Hand harvested whole clusters that were cold soaked and fermented in small, open-top bins that were punched down twice daily through fermentation and gently basket pressed.
About The Winery:
Adobe Road Winery is owned by renowned sportscar racer and entrepreneur Kevin Buckler and his wife, Debra. Adobe Road Winery produces award winning Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Meritage, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Zinfandel and Dessert Wines exclusively from Sonoma and Napa County sources. The tasting room is located in Petaluma, California. In 1995 Kevin founded The Racer’s Group (TRG) and grew it into an internationally prominent manufacturer and distributor of performance Porsche parts, while simultaneously building a career as a successful endurance sportscar racer and team owner. Kevin’s accomplishments as a driver include class wins at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (2002) and the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans (2002), an overall win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (2003), and the title of Porsche World Cup Champion in 2002. As a team owner, Kevin has directed the growth of The Racer’s Group into an internationally-acclaimed racing team.
With friends, the Bucklers started making “garage wine” which, after prodding from enthusiastic friends, started commercially bottling under the Adobe Road label in 1999. Through Kevin’s good connections, he has acquired grapes from some very prestigious vineyards, which he handcrafts into extremely limited-production wines. The awards have followed. With the goal of producing exceptional wines by hand-crafting small lots of red varietals exclusively from Sonoma and Napa Counties, the Bucklers have dedicated themselves to seeing their vision through to reality, and the results are paying off.
Appellation: Knights Valley
Barrel Aging: 20 months in French and American oak
Release: January 2008
Bottled: June 19, 2007
Production: 320 cases
Suggested Retail: $38