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Richard Jennings
I really love a good Cab Franc with simply cooked burgers, or steak. They tend to have very good acidity, tart red currant flavors, a suggestion of iron, and sometimes bay leaf notes that go beautifully with simple red meat, for my taste.
And there are an increasing numbers of producers doing a varietal Cab Franc, so they are not just from Loire’s Anjou, Bourgueil, Chinon and Saumur-Champigny appellations anymore. I’ve had terrific examples from California, Uruguay, Italy and Israel in recent years. But the grape is not grown in huge quantities either, wherever they are producing it, so you have to work a little to seek out limited bottlings.
Some of my favorite producers are: in the Loire, Clos Rougeard, Catherine et Pierre Breton and Charles Joguet; in the U.S., Jonata, Imagery and Foxen; in Italy, Le Macchiole; in Uruguay, Viña Progreso and Alto de la Ballena; and in Israel, Margalit and Rami Bar Maor.
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