Catoctin Breeze Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Franc
Ripe black and blue fruit -- everything from black cherry to blueberry to currant -- aromas are matched by barrel-born smoky campfire aromas that somewhat mask more subtle notes of singed vanilla bean and licorice-y herbs.
Broad and round on the palate, the vanilla is a bit more pronounced but there is enough ripe, concentrated fruit character to stand up to the vanilla and smoky, toasty oak flavors. Black cherry dominates the fruit bill and is accented by grilled woody herbs, cola and dark roast coffee. The tannins are nicely rounded, but still chewy and should afford this wine the opportunity to develop in bottle for some time.
Producer: Catoctin Breeze Vineyard
Blend: 100% Cabernet Franc
* Review sample provided by the winery