In continuation of the blind tasting events held two weekends ago (see my earlier post), the finale included one of my favorite red grape varieties, Cabernet Franc. An up and coming variety, especially on the East Coast, Cabernet Franc continues to receive praise from wine writers and awards at competitions.

In similar fashion to the prior nights tasting, all wines were placed in brown bags, numbered, and then poured. The lineup included the following wines:

  1. 2006 Rappahannock Cellars Cabernet Franc (Virginia) $20
  2. 2006 Tiger Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc (Georgia) $23
  3. 2004 Chamard Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc (Connecticut) $23
  4. 2006 Owen Sullivan Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Washington State) $29

I must admit, going into the tasting, I was very confident that I would at least identify the correct origin and price point. Good thing I didn’t bet the house, but then again in this housing market, it might not have been a bad deal. I failed miserably.

Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for, drum roll please… In an upset, the 2006 Tiger Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc from Georgia takes first place by a slim margin over Washington State.

Congratulations to Tiger Mountain Vineyards (be sure to read my earlier reviews) on their win, and a big thanks to all that came out for the event!

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2 thoughts on “Bottleshock!

  1. Hi Allan,
    Thank you for your kind words and readership. I’m a big, big fan of Rappahannock Cellars and need to pay a visit very soon (it’s been too long)! And by the way, I had your Cab Franc number one on my scorecard (one of my all time favorite Virginia cab francs) I’m flying up for the Virginia Wine Festival and would love to visit for a tasting prior to the weekend.

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