Benmarl 2010 Ridge Road Vineyrd Estate Cabernet Franc
The other night I was as pleased as I could be to be treated to a tasting of the 2010Benmarl Ridge Road Vineyard Estate Cabernet Franc 2010.
This is the first full fruiting of Benmarl's Ridge Road Vineyard. This wine was fermented in a single stainless steel tank. This wine is a significant departure of Benmarl. This Cabernet Franc comes from young vines, and was made and packaged to telegraph a more Burgundian approach. I think this works in more ways than one, and I am hopeful this is as significant a change as one can hope for.
The color is light and bright translucent and ruby red. The nose is quite distinctive, brimmming with bright cherry and raspberry, with hints of vanilla, cedar and other spices. As with all good Burgundian styled Cabernet Franc, this is a soft and approachable red was the big mouth full of fresh fruit and good, solid acids, slowly melts away with soft tannins for a smooth finish. The fresh cherry and vanilla linger. The flavors linger for a good long time.
A very nice wine!!! Congrats to Matt and everyone at Benmarl!