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2005 Ravenswood Winery Cabernet Franc Sonoma County
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About Ravenswood Winery

Ravenswood Winery has humble origins, beginning in 1976. This was the year Joel Peterson harvested his first crop of Zinfandel. Not from his own vines, however, Joel consistently sourced grapes from vineyards in Sonoma County and Napa Valley. At first it wasn’t by choice, he simply couldn’t afford to buy land. Now, steadfast relationships have delivered a successful formula. As the old saying goes…if it ain’t broke…

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2005 Ravenswood Winery Cabernet Franc Sonoma County

Producer: Ravenswood Winery
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Franc
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma

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88-89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2007

Dark red. Tightly focused red fruit aromas are sharpened by hints of cracked pepper and licorice. Then lush and concentrated in the mouth, with ripe redcurrant and cherry flavors given subtle mineral lift on the back and supported by gentle tannins. Finishes clean and fresh, with a lingering note of cherry pit.

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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is one of the three principal varieties in Bordeaux, as well as being the dominant variety in the fine wines of the western Loire Valley. In Bordeaux's Left Bank, Cabernet Franc serves as a blending component adding aromatic complexity to the more muscular Cabernet Sauvignon. On the Right Bank, the grape is found in the clay soils of St. Emilion, where it...
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