I found this delightful bottle, made by Lori & Michael at Dracaena Wines (Paso Robles, CA), via Twitter of all places. I was, and still am at times, a reluctant social media participant. I decided to open a Twitter account when I began this red wine blog, primarily for fun, to connect and learn from other wine lovers and discover new wines/wineries. I’m happy I did, because this 2013 Cabernet Franc (85% Cabernet Franc + 15% Petite Sirah) was so good. Lovely, lovely, lovely…
Cabernet Franc (“cab-err-nay fronk”) is known for being a medium-bodied red wine and popular blending grape found in Bordeaux blends. This particular bottle felt medium to full-bodied (a very good thing), with a silky texture and smooth tannins (no bitterness or kick of alcohol, which is 14.2%). From the first sip, I was a fan. Earthy, black cherry hit me immediately (my husband, after a few sips, jokingly said they “must’ve added cherry flavor #45”). Of course, that was his way of giving it a nice compliment, as he was pleasantly surprised by this wine shipment that showed up at the door a couple of days ago.
Their website: http://dracaenawines.com/
opens with their story, including how they came up with their unique name, Dracaena (druh-see-huh) and how they honored the memory of their beloved weimaraner, Draco (heartstring tugger). I’ve always enjoyed reading about wine and personal wine stories. As a fellow animal lover, it made me even happier to support & purchase their wine. (Bonus: I love this bottle!) #CouldDrinkThisCabFrancEveryDay #YouShouldOrderSome
*Caberet Franc is also known as: Chinon, Bourgueil, Bouchet, and Breton. It’s found in many regions, but the majority is grown in France, where it’s commonly used in Bordeaux blends.
Sláinte! (a toast, to your health in Ireland & Scotland)
Na zdrowie! (same as above, but in Polish)
Mervin (aka: Mervino, aka: Mervie) enjoyed playing with the cork this morning (and waking me up at 5 A.M.):
*Per their website, they recommend decanting for at least one hour prior to enjoying.
*I did not do this. I was impatient and greedy. We paired it with pasta/red sauce/fresh garlic & onion while watching the new episode of Game of Thrones (I could’ve burned down the house, like a Mother of Dragon Breath, but I don’t care, I love garlic). This wine could be paired with anything though: fish, steak, pizza, cheese, by itself… Yes, of course, we finished the bottle & it kept evolving, getting lovelier & lovelier…
*This ’13 was their first, inaugural vintage, and it won awards! Check out their accolades: http://dracaenawines.com/accolades/
*Their ’14 should be released this coming September (can’t wait to try it!)
*While I follow Lori/Draecaena Wines on Twitter, I’ve never met the winemakers. So, my review is unbiased and honest (I don’t do “bad” reviews anyway… if I dislike a wine, I just won’t write about it. Wine is complex, personal, and a single bottle can be subjected to the dreaded heat stroke or cork taint, etc… not to mention, the time and energy it takes to produce wine! It’s just not fair to “label” them too quickly).
Tigara (aka: Tiggy, aka: “The Weasel”) was only slightly fascinated by the cork. It smelled nothing like a treat…