Cuvée Violette, Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon, Anjou AOC – 2013 – 4.5 stars – Opening a Bottle
“Tasting notes: A beautiful example of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon doing what they do best. This deceptively delicate and fruity wine simultaneously presents cranberries and bell pepper (hello, Franc) as well as cedar and raspberry juiciness (hello, Sauvignon). The finish is drying but well rounded, with a trace of rosehips on the nose. Wonderfully low in alcohol, and a great wine for experimental pairings.
“Recommended for: Holiday dinners. We served this at our belated Thanksgiving celebration with family, and it partnered well with darker cuts of turkey, herb-laden stuffing and even cranberry sauce. But I would imagine that it would nicely complement Christmas dinner roasts as well.”