2005 Widmer Brickstone Cellars Cabernet Franc - IntoWineTV Episode 57

Is California the only American region producing great wine? In this episode of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Pamela Busch convene at San Francisco's CAV Wine Bar & Kitchen for the tasting and discussion of 25 different American wines NOT from California. On what was one of the hottest San Francisco days in recent memory (for those of you unfamiliar with the city, few places have air conditioning in San Francisco), Lisa, Bartholomew, and Pamela weathered the elements and tasted a variety of wines -sparklers, whites, reds, unique varietals, and sweet dessert wines- from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Oregon.

Theme: Underdog Wines. In this tasting IntoWine is featuring wines from American producers found outside the state of California.

Wine: 2005 Widmer Brickstone Cellars Cabernet Franc ($16.99)
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Region: Finger Lakes Region, New York 

Alcohol %: 13%

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Notes: Although relatively new to most consumers, this Cabernet variety is better suited to the growing conditions of the Finger Lakes then the better known Cabernet Sauvignon. Used often in France as a blending grape in superb Bordeaux’s, this grape when grown in the cooler Finger Lakes area makes a superb varietal wine all on it’s own! Skin fermentation with a variety of yeast strains and extended skin maceration allows development of big, rich tannins. Long aging in both French and American oak barrels help develop structure and subtle flavors. This wine displays ripe berry fruit aromas and complex flavors, Sure to be a favorite of red wine lovers everywhere! Production is limited to 200 cases.


Bartholomew Broadbent, CEO of Broadbent Selections. Bartholomew was named as one of the "fifty most influential people in the wine world" by Decanter Magazine. He is also widely considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on Port and Madeira. Learn more about Bartholomew Broadbent.

Pamela Busch, Co-Owner and Wine Director at CAV Wine Bar & Kitchen in San Francisco. Learn more about Pamela Busch.