Markham Cab Franc '05

It's rare to find a California winery that makes a 100% cabernet franc wine, and even more rare to find one who can make it well. But when they do, it's a favorite.

A few years ago, while on a trip to Napa, we popped in to one of our favorites, Markham Vineyard to pick up a bottle of their outstanding Zinfandel. Unfortunately, they were out. We were convinced (ok, didn't have to try hard) to have a taste of their new Cabernet Franc, and boy were we glad, we took a bottle home!

Last night, we finally gave in and opened that 2005 Markham Cab Franc, and it was well worth the wait! The Cabernet Franc grape is the lesser-known parent to the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. It carries the same bold taste as a Cab Sav, but lighter on the tannins, making it drinkable with a variety of foods, or no food at all! We enjoyed this bottle while dining at one of our favorite spots in Hillcrest, Terra. It paired well with both our meals - a hearty pot roast, and flavorful flank steak.

If you enjoy a big red, and haven't given Cab Franc a try, pick up a bottle - you may be surprised! In addition to Markham, here are other wineries that have produced a great Cab Franc: Peju, Artesa, and Kaz.

Posted on June 12, 2010 and filed under Wine Discoveries.