Saturday, March 22, 2008

Fox Run Cabernet Franc 2005 Reserve

Fox Run Cabernet Franc 2005 Reserve

This to me was one of the biggest surprises. I will admit, I just haven’t tought of Fox Run and big Cab Francs. Fox Run is clearly a well distrbuted line of wines, well-known in New York City for example.

Scott Osborn has an unqualified hit with this wine. This is an exceptional wine, ready to lay down for ten years if you like. But perfect to drink now as well.

The varietal composition is 77% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. And accoding to the tasting notes, the Average Brix at Harvest were 21.8. The resulting wine has 0% residual sugar and is 12.4% alcohol. It was aged 8 months in selected French and American oak barrels

They only made 240 cases, and each bottle is priced at $24.95.

Mr. Osborn wrote, "Our favorite barrels from the stellar 2005 vintage were blended to make a finely perfumed, smoky dry red with great potential for cellaring. Open this wine to drink alongside your best beef braises, ragouts, or mushroom-based pasta dishes."

This wine had pepper on the nose. A nice mouthfeel, and a long, dry finish. This was a big wine. Aged in oak. A sophisticated red for any region. It very much reminded the tasting group of a Chinon. This is an exceptional wine and at the price it's one of he best bargains in all of the US for a nice, big red. You can be proud to serve this to anyone. Buy six bottles, and store five of them. And then treat yourself and drink one.