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Today we are going to review a single varietal cabernet franc wine from Romania – Wine Princess Cabernet Franc 2016 by Balla Géza. The ‘other cabernet’ grape, cabernet franc is the parent grape for the two famous international varieties: cabernet sauvignon and merlot. It is less intense and softer than cabernet sauvignon and it ripens much earlier, and for this reason it is planted as an insurance grape against cabernet sauvignon failure to ripen properly, mostly in colder climates. It is also much more resistant to winter cold and frost than merlot, which makes it quite a commodity, especially in St-Emilion and Bolgheri. One thing that makes cabernet franc unique is that it can’t hide its nature – it has always been a bit more peppery, savory and leaner as compared to its pedigree children. But enough theory, without further ado, let’s take a look at the tasting results!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Very deep and noble ruby color with elegant crimson shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with black fruits and savory flavours: leather, black cherry, veal, black plum, capocollo, sour cherry, violets, blackcurrant, blackberry, black raspberry, overripe sour cherry and cherry tree wood. An instant later the nose is filled with elegant notes of lightly roasted oakwood, black pepper, nutmeg, cloves, tobacco, smoked plum, capsicum and some nuanced irony hints.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannins. It feels fruity yet savory, seedy and supple, with a crisp palate and a touch of alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel. This is a quite velvety, well structured wine that has a very nuanced, firm and grippy tannic accent. The wine has a good overall balance between primary fruit and oak-infused flavours and despite it might feel a bit youthful, this is a very fine and well balanced cabernet franc wine.
The wine has a long finish and an elegant, seedy-crisp aftertaste.
This is definitely an excellent wine of Romania and, with a total of 92.0 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.
Conclusion: this is one of the finest cabernet franc wines we’ve ever tasted – one that is very close to its peak form. Although it still needs another year or two in the bottle to round up, we are strongly advocating to drink it today and enjoy it at its finest. The wine has been aged in large oak barrels in order to gain some much desired elegance and it shows: with a firm tannic grip on the mouthfeel, nuanced fruity-savory profile and subtle woody notes, this wine is very well balanced and refined – all it lacks is just a bit of finesse and refinement. In order to elevate its elegance, we would suggest to pair this wine with meaty dishes that are rich in natural savoriness and smooth textures, like for example a very-rare filet mignon steak or tournedos rossini with foie gras, so that all the flavours in the wine will be perfectly complemented by the textures of the dish. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Wine Princess | Cabernet Franc | 2016
grape: | cabernet franc |
overall rating: | 92.0 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: excellent | (a must try)
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