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Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 11.18.47 AMSince we got married at Morais Vineyards in Bealeton, Virginia, you might notice we have a lot of their wine. I am saving some for anniversaries and we are drinking some now. I have mentioned before that there are no vintages on the bottles even though in Virginia the growing seasons are very different every year. You can find my review of their Select White, Rose, and Touriga Nacional on those links. Now on to the Morais Vineyards Cabernet Franc.

When I go to Virginia wineries, I judge them on mostly on two things. First, I judge them on their choices of making wines. Do they only do blends? Or do they have Petit Verdot? The second thing I judge them on is their Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc grows extremely well in Virginia and it has become one of my favorite wines. It is very different than Cabernet Francs from California.

Here is what Morais Vineyards has to say about their wine, even though their picture for the wine is wrong:


New York Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2013
Cabernet Franc 2011

Virginia Governors Cup Wine Competition Winners 2013


A well balanced smooth, bright pale red wine. Our Cabernet Franc presents aromas of ripe red fruits with a peppery smoke scent.

I wonder too if they changing the tasting notes when the wine changes year over year. I know I am obsessing but it seems like a small detail that is really annoying. But it shows the Cabernet Franc from 2011 on there! So how was the wine?

Color – Super transparent and ruby red.

Nose – Spice, dark cranberries, if that makes sense.

Taste – Fresh raspberries and cranberries with some of the green pepper you can get in some Virginia CabFrancs.

Finish – Medium finish with high acid and low tannins.

Overall, this is a decent Cabernet Franc from Virginia. If you had never had it, I don’t know if I would make this the first one to try. It is good but it is super light. Now, for being so light it does have some great flavors and aromas but it really lacks in body. Still a good wine to try and compare to other Virginia Cabernet Francs.

Rating: B