Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Naked Mountain Vineyard 2005 Cabernet Franc Rosé

We've been drinking several different types of rosè styled wines lately, first to try something different, then because we like them. One that stands out is Naked Mountain Vineyard's 2005 Cabernet Franc Rosé. Naked Mountain Vineyard is known locally for their outstanding Chardonnay wines and more recently for their Cabernet Franc. Usually their Cabernet Franc is a full bodied wine, with a deep burgundy color; however the grapes from the 2005 harvest did not develop this deep color. As a result, Naked Mountain's owner and winemaker, Bob Harper, applied minimal skin contact to produce a garnet colored wine, but with the full fruit flavor of cabernet franc. The finish is slightly acidic with a hint of oranges. Even though rosè wine are more associated with summer, this wine works with winter.

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