2006 Knights Valley Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc • Bavarian Lion Vineyard
California: Knights Valley (Sonoma)
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Mission Codename: Greetings, Mister Brown
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Wine Spies Operatives loved Adobe Road’s exceptional 2005 Knights Valley Cabernet Franc. On the eve of the release of their 2006, return to the winery to procure an ample quantity for our eager agents
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Adobe Road Winery
Wine Subject: 2006 Cabernet Franc – Knights Valley
Winemaker: Franc Dusak
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 winemaker interview below for the full intel on today’s ultra unique and very delicious wine
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Gorgeous red plum color, with concentrated color right out to the fine pinkish edges of the wine. The wine displays skinny tears that emerge slowly before the gently meander their way down the edges of the glass
Smell – BROWN! Yes, this wine delivers a unique wallop of distinctly brown aromas, leading with dried tobacco leaf, dried roast beef, dried fall leaves, brown spice and supple leather. These sit right atop smoky black plum, cranberry and subtle blackberry
Feel – Initially, very wet and light. Then, the wine is quickly drying as it introduces a brown minerality that dries the back of the mouth, then the cheeks and lips
Taste – Again, brown dominates the palate, but in a uniquely beguiling way. Dark spice and dried leaves mingle with cranberry, raspberry, smoky plum, with earth, tobacco, leather and smoky sweetwoods
Finish -Smooth and dark, with intermingling fruit and darker flavors that that linger as an all-over-mouth dryness appears
Conclusion – The theme of this unique wine is certainly brown, which is so delightfully intriguing. Make no mistake, this is a delicious wine with real fruit that shines through, but there is so much more to be experienced here. On first smell and first sips of the wine, our panel of tasting spies were all blown away by the brownness of the wine. It was a quality that was unexpected in a Cabernet Franc (or nearly any other varietal for that matter), but the effect on the senses was intriguing. The wine was, well, just plain delicious. This wine, which is drinking beautifully now, will continue to improve with a few more years in bottle. Be sure to pick up enough to enjoy some now – and later.
WINEMAKER INTEL BRIEFING DOSSIER
SUBJECT: Michael Scorsone
DATE OF BIRTH: 9/77
PLACE OF BIRTH: Pennyslvania
WINE EDUCATION: Culinary Institute of America and Napa College
CALIFORNIA WINE JOB BRIEF: Adobe Road, Turley, Failla, Neyers
WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY: Let the wines show character and personality. A strong sense of vineyard location. Show tradition…but not afraid to take chances. Don’t make the wine into something it’s not.
SIGNATURE VARIETAL: Pinot Noir
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Having the opportunity to work with Adobe Road and also all the traveling that I’ve done in my career.
AGENT RED: Greetings, Michael. We are honored to be showing your 2006 Knights Valley Cabernet Franc today. Thanks so much for taking some time to answer questions for our Operatives today.
MICHAEL: Thanks, Red. It’s good to be showing another wine with The Wine Spies!
RED: Was there a specific experience in your life that inspired your love of wine?
MICHAEL: Growing up in an Italian family where food and wine is very important, my travels to old world wine regions and working in the fields in Italy.
RED: And where did you learn the most about winemaking?
MICHAEL: I’m always learning something new and always expanding my knowledge.
RED: What is your winemaking style or philosophy?
MICHAEL: “Hands off”, non-invasive approach and letting the wine show its personality.
RED: What wine or winemaker has most influenced your winemaking style?
MICHAEL: Ted Lemon from Littorai because he’s an excellent wine maker and farmer. He is one of the few winemakers who does it all.
RED: How long have you been making wine?
MICHAEL: Ever since I was a little boy, I helped my dad make his wine.
RED: Who do you make wine for?
MICHAEL: Myself, our customers – and the Adobe Road wine team
RED: Tell me, what makes the so special?
MICHAEL: I think it is a great region, but very underrated.
RED: What is one piece of advice that you would give to someone that is considering a career as a winemaker?
MICHAEL: It is a lifestyle… not just a job! You have to love it and be passionate about farming and winemaking. Yes.. it is romantic, but it is very hard work.
RED: What is occupying your time at the winery these days?
MICHAEL: Traveling… You have to sell the stuff too!!!!
RED: Please tell me a little bit about the wine we are featuring today
MICHAEL: Cabernet Franc is usually really vegetal and I feel this vineyard is very ripe and lush and has great texture.
RED: What is your favorite pairing with today’s wine?
MICHAEL: I recently enjoyed it with a slow roasted, dry rub pork shoulder and it was delicious!
RED: Please share one thing about yourself that few people know
MICHAEL: If I tell you… then everyone will know.
RED: What is your favorite ‘everyday’ or table wine?
MICHAEL: Burgundian Village wines or Sicilian wines.
RED: How would you recommend that people approach your wines, or wine in general?
MICHAEL: With a corkscrew, a glass, and a willing attitude!
RED: If you could choose any one wine to drink (regardless of price or availability), what would it be?
MICHAEL: Wow !!!! I could go crazy trying to narrow that down to one wine. Probably some older Domain Dujac from Burgundy
RED: What is the one question that I should have asked you, and what is your answer to that question?
MICHAEL: Shaken, not stirred and long walks on a beach
RED: Thank you so much for your time. We learned a lot about you – and about your wine. Keep up the great work, we are big fans!
MICHAEL: Thanks, very much, Agent Red! Cheers!
What the winery says
About This Wine:
The Knights Valley has always produced a classic, velvety varietaly correct Cabernet Franc for Adobe Road, and this was achieved again for this vintage. True to form, this well balanced wine is loaded with earth tones and bright cranberry on the nose. The cigar box base with nutmeg tendencies will echo on the palate.
Winemaking: Hand Harvested Ripe Mature Fruit. Destemmed for a long, cold soak. Temperature controlled fermentation for full fruit complexity and depth of color. Extended maceration until full varietal characteristic achieved.
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.
Barrel Aging: 24 months
Release: November 2009
Bottled: May 2009
Production: 275 cases