The 2009/2010 Maryland Cabernet Franc from Harford Vineyard & Winery is the best wine I have tasted. And I’ve stood by that for a couple of years now. And I have enjoyed some pretty breathtaking stuff.
The regular going price is around $16.99 and to me that is a steal. I discovered this bottle at one of the great local wine shops in Harford County, Friendship Wine & Liquor, at a bargain price of $9.99. I grabbed a bunch, for the deal alone, and just to try something new. I am so grateful I did…
To me, this is what I visualized what a wine would taste like, even before I had my first glass. The description on the winery site says there’s flavors of raspberries and dried black cherries. If I educated myself enough then I could detect that. I do taste some dry fruit, but I also could easily trick my mind into believing as such.
However, what does stand out to me is the toasted french oak and the touch of black pepper. I taste a lot of the latter and it’s a beautiful thing. Incredible. Slowly I have been drawn to red wines that are crafted with Oak. It gives me a warm feeling and tastes even better as the cold weather approaches. The more oak the better. The addition of pepper just complements this wine perfectly. This what a superb wine tastes like.
I have had this Cab Franc with pizza and I have found the combination to be dynamite. In talking with folks, some have said they like it with pepperoni pizza. A few suggestions always help. But, a wine with a little pepper and a pepperoni pizza sounds right to me. That is a pairing that is understandable and approachable on all levels. I have also drank this with meat and cheese platters. Perfection.
I had the great fortune to visit Harford Winery this year and I tell you there is a great aura here. I wish I had taken photos. The staff is friendly and there is a fantastic presence all over the vineyard. I was informed by one of their team members, that there’s only about 10 cases left as of two months ago. I will have to get on this.
And through drinking other various Cab Franc’s, I am happy to say that this is my favorite grape as well. My inaugural post had a picture of that grape. And how beautiful is that?
In future posts, I will focus on that grape as well as other incredible bottles I have had. There will be reviews on Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania Wineries that I have visited over the past year as well.
Thank you so much.