Idle Hour Winery – 2015 Cabernet Franc
Ingredients: Cabernet Franc
Nose: aromas of rich berry, herbs, and caramel
Taste: This Cab Franc has excellent balance of soften tannin and flavor
Character: Rich full-bodied wine is a fantastic balance of soft tannin
Food Pairing: Beef, lamb, stews
Cellaring: While ready to enjoy now, this wine will age well few more years
Alc. by Vol.: 14.2%
Cabernet Franc - Interest in the grape started with California wine makers who wanted to replicate the Bordeaux blend, perhaps you have purchased a Meritage. In the 1980s, heightened interest in Cabernet Franc led to an increase in plantings that helped push the total acreage of Cabernet Franc in California and you will find much of it In Clarksburg, Napa, and Sonoma counties. Idle Hour Winery’s Cabernet Franc is a rich and full-bodied wine with distinctive aromas of flowers, herbs, red fruits, and a touch of caramel. As you sip, you begin to appreciate red currant with some hint of darker fruit and notes of herb and black pepper. Though a full-bodied wine this Cab Franc has excellent balance of soften tannin and flavor that would go perfectly with any party or meal.
Pair this wine – Consider spring lamb or veal, salmon, grilled chicken. Maybe one of my favorites for BBQ party, tequila chicken wings. Which ever you choose to pair one thing for certain if you are a red wine lover. That first taste will leave you wanting more.
About Idle Hour Winery
Idle Hour Winery produces Viognier, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Touriga Nacional. We hope you will enjoy these local wines, noticing that each wine is different than the other. You can experience the character and subtlety each variety can offer while showcasing the differences between each vintage. The wines are gently produced in small lots with sustainably grown grapes, using gravity flow and other traditional methods. Visit Queen’s Inn by the River and enjoy the local handcrafted wines of Idle Hour Winery.
Idle Hour Winery, formerly Panoche Valley Vineyards is the creation of winemaker Anna Marie dos Remedios. She began making wine as a hobby to relieve the stress of her day job as a newspaper journalist/business owner. After studying traditional winemaking methods at UC Davis and at Calera Wine Company, Anna Marie founded her own winery, focusing on three traditional methods in particular: native yeast fermentation, gravity flow racking and the use of neutral French Oak. These methods applied to her fermentation allow each wine to show a distinct taste of the terroir from which it originates.
Anna Marie partnered with Deb Payne and together, they decided to relocate the winery to Oakhurst, making Idle Hour Winery the first winery in this small town, which is just outside the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. They also own and operate the Queen’s Inn by the River, a happily situated 8-room inn and wine bar & beer garden located on the same property as Idle Hour Winery with the Fresno River running along the edge of the property. Learn more about this WINERY