Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc share some flavour characteristics that are uniquely Bordeaux. Perhaps they share genes from Sauvignon Blanc. Hence the fresh, herby green element to the flavour, the hint of capsicum and asparagus. Cabernet Franc is distinguished by the fact that, when under-ripe, it is quite thin and herbaceous.
When truly ripe Cabernet Franc develops the aroma of violets and becomes the variety with the potential to add most to the aromatics of a blend. At the same time, the green elements on the palate are very much softened and this variety becomes an extremely valuable component of the blend. More than once we have begun our deliberations as to the blend that is to constitute Charles Andreas with Cabernet Franc. However, in great vintages we take advantage of the ripeness achieved and created a single varietal wine such as this one.
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