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Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 3.50.22 PMI posted before about going to Keswick Vineyards to do a barrel tasting and finally two of the three of the wines that we bought futures on has been released. I was really excited about these wines but it starts the debate in my head of how long should I wait before opening them. Most people do not realize that younger wines can have more muted noses and allowing some air to come in naturally through the cork can really open a wine up.

Of course, I have a few bottles so I didn’t have to wait to open this bottle. The first wine that I was super excited to try is the 2013 Keswick Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc. The barrel tasting of this wine was very promising and not to mention my love for all things Cabernet Franc.

Here is the information on their website that the wine lists for $34.95 for non-wine club members:

“This wine is richly extracted, reflective in the density and inky color. The aroma is exhilarating with a mélange of sun kissed red fruits, baking spices, and earthy tones. This wine is highly complex with vibrant acidity held together by finely grained tannins that support the cherry, espresso and chocolate flavors. Hinting at what a few years in the bottle will do, air exposure really allows this wine to open and express its multitude of layers; decanting is recommended. Carrying the “Reserve” designation reflects our commitment to producing only the finest quality red wine possible.“

Winemaker’s Notes:

Natural fermentation started spontaneously without the addition of yeast and was completed in 21 days with multiple daily punch downs being performed. As soon as fermentation was completed the wine was transferred to second fill American and neutral French oak barrels. Secondary fermentation took place naturally and was completed in late April. After 10 months of aging, the wine was blended into tank and lightly filtered.

It also has 3% Cabernet Sauvignon in it. So was it as good as I remembered:

Color – Deep dark red.

Nose – Cranberry, black pepper and some earth notes.

Taste – Black cherry and black pepper.

Finish – Long with high acid and bold refined tannins.

Overall, this wine is still young but I can really see the potential to open up and become an A+. Good thing I have two more bottles to do that with and who knows I might buy more. It is very bold for a Virginia Cabernet Franc and has a great full body. I list black pepper but it is not nearly as black peppery as most Virginia Cabernet Francs. Great job, great wine, cannot wait to taste it again in a couple of years.

Rating: A

~Justin