Actress Cristen Coppen & Cabernet Franc
Wines of the Night
2013 Domaine Grosbois "Gabare" Chinon ($20)
Gabare entices with aromas of dark berries, blackcurrant and notes of mint that carry though on the beautifully balanced palate. Delicate hints of earth and spice are revealed along with seamlessly integrated, refined tannins that round out this lengthy, easy drinking Chinon.
2015 Duemani CiFRA Toscana ($29)
Pretty aromas of blue flowers, red berry and dark cooking spices lead the nose on this straightforward red. The bright, savory palate doles out wild cherry, cassis, clove and a dash of white pepper alongside silky tannins and fresh acidity. It's easygoing and made to be enjoyed young.
2013 Lang & Reed Two Fourteen Napa Valley ($47)
This is the seventh vintage of Lang & Reed ‘Two-Fourteen’ Cabernet Franc, which displays a brilliant crimson color with a typical, youthful violet-blue edge. The aroma distills white and red cherry with an ethereal ‘sous bois’ (or forest floor) impression. On the palate, this wine possesses bright and pure Cabernet Franc flavors of firm black cherry, cassis and graphite, which are expansive and made mouthwatering by ample fresh fruit acidity. The finish is supported by solid, but not oppressive, tannins, which have flavor elements that provide memorable length. This is a fresh and exacting expression of Cabernet Franc, attributed to the 214 clone, that will serve well now or gain in complexity with additional bottle age.