Thursday, March 12, 2009

Truro Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2006

Truro Vineyards pioneered the art of maritime grape growing on the Cape, and their vinifera vineyard produces wine with intense flavor and lush varietal character. They open our doors each season to wine lovers from around the world who visit the tasting room and gift shop in our carefully restored 1830's farmhouse.

The Roberts family dreamed of owning and operating a vineyard together for years. Dave Roberts spent more than 40 years in the fine wine and spirits industry, 20 as the CEO of the multi-state distribution giant United Liquors. When he retired from that position in 2006, he and his family became even more determined to make that dream come true, and they acquired the winery in March of 2007.

The family will be hands-on owners with Dave and his wife Kathy Roberts as the general managers. Their son David Roberts Jr.-formerly a successful brewer in Atlanta, GA-will assist with vineyard management and winemaking, working alongside Matyas Vogel, a wine maker at Truro Vineyards since 2004. Daughter-in-law Amy Roberts is responsible for finance and administration. Daughter Kristen Roberts is in charge of sales and marketing and, and another daughter, Stephanie Roberts Hartung, a professor at Suffolk University Law School, is also an owner.

The Roberts family's plan for Truro Vineyards is simultaneously practical and visionary. It's important for the new owners to maintain the success the winery has enjoyed for the past 15 years as a landmark on the seaswept easternmost end of Cape Cod. Every summer, thousands of wine lovers tour the vineyard and winery to enjoy both the educational and the tasting experience. Thanks to modern wine making technologies available almost for the first time, there are plans to reach beyond the estate grapes, to make expressive, individualistic wines from some of America's finest wine regions.

2006 Truro Vineyards Cabernet Franc is $15.99. The winemakers are Matyas Vogel/David Roberts Jr. It's 100% Cabernet Franc. The grapes were handpicked, crushed and fermented in open vats in the traditional Loire style. Prolonged skin contact for optimal color, flavor and tannin extraction. The wine was barrel aged 20 months in American oak. Alcohol 12.5%

According to the Tasting Notes read, "Cabernet Franc is the signature varietal of Truro Vineyards. Open vat fermentation, extended maceration and 18 months barrel aging all contribute to rich varietal fruit flavors and herbal tannins. This tasty dry red wine is best served with beef, pork and varied roasted dishes."

I was pleasantly surprised. The winery has been so popular for a kong time for very drinkable, summery, light, sweet and semi-sweet wines. So I approached this Cabernet Franc with some trepidation. But my fears were soon allayed. t had lots of fresh fruit up front, with cherries, both light and dark, and some pronounced vanilla. Nice tannins and structure. A very serious, drinkable Cabernet Franc!