Monday, August 24, 2009

Bellview 2005 Cabernet Franc

Nestled in the New Jersey Pinelands, Bellview Winery was a long-time dream of owners Jim and Nancy Quarella. Jim, a successful fourth-generation farmer, learned a love of winemaking as a young man. Now he's turned his skills to crafting award-winning wines.

The winery is located on the same farm that Jim's great-grandfather, Angelo Quarella, purchased in 1914 after immigrating from Italy. He named his farm Bellview. Originally just the 20-acre plot on which the winery now sits, the farm has expanded to over 130 acres, 30 of which are planted in vineyards. The renovated barn that is today's winery houses Angelo's original wine cellar where, for decades, Quarellas have made their wines.

This wine is earthy and spicy, a smooth dry red. The hints of dried rose petals and white pepper with a cassis aroma come through as promised. It is well balanced, and has wonderful, round tannins for a great mouthfeel.

This wine is a winner:
2004: Winner of a Gold Medals in the 2006 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and New Jersey State Wine Competition.
2003: Winner of a Silver Medal in the 2005 Finger Lakes International Competition.

We drank this at my parents house with a mozarella and tomato and basil salad, some grilled focacia, and some olive oil dipping sauce laced with garlic and hot pepper.

It was delicious! Bright and dark cherries and some plum. A very nice medium bodied dry red wine. Very nice balance.