David M. Bueker wrote:Ok, I'll bite.
I prefer Loire Cab Franc from top producers (e.g. Baudry, Breton, etc) to modern Bordeaux and Cal Cab. While Loire Cab Franc has gotten riper over the last several years (especially in the case of years such as 2009), it has not gotten to the thick, wood-dominated style that has overtaken Bordeaux.
For me good Loire Cab Franc still shows some level of herbal characteristic, as well as maintaining enough clarity to show a touch of (clean) earthiness even in youth. There's still plenty of fruit, especially now, but it's not the dark, purple fruits, and more to red cherry and perhaps black cherry range.
Rahsaan wrote:As mentioned above, the price is far from prohibitive. So go out and buy some Baudry and see what you think!
Mark Lipton wrote:Rahsaan wrote:As mentioned above, the price is far from prohibitive. So go out and buy some Baudry and see what you think!
Craig only drinks Kosher wine, Rahsaan. It's not the price that's prohibitive.
Craig Winchell wrote:I can taste and spit, but it still seems like a waste..
Craig Winchell wrote:I can taste and spit, but it still seems like a waste. Now, if someone else were drinking it, I'd feel better about doing it. So anyway, that's pretty much like my 2010 Cab sounds, though it is Cab Sauv, not Cab Franc.
Craig Winchell wrote:Tim, I cannot taste and spit for enjoyment, only for information. I have what is called a "heter" (which means permission) from a big name rabbi to be allowed to taste and spit from the perspective of gaining information necessary to my business. While it would normally not be allowed, it is in this case because of a number of things that individually would not carry enough weight to swing the permissibility, but collectively do. One of the things is that "ordinary wine", which is the category that nonkosher wine falls into nowadays, is only rabbinically prohibited, not biblically. Then there is not enough ingested during tasting to rise to the level of a useful quantity, so there is a basis for leniency. There are a few other things- just putting something in one's mouth does not necessarily mean one is liable for eating it (some allowed sucking on pebbles during fast days), and things like that.
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