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We tasted four Cedar Creek Cabernet Franc vintages ($18.50 each). We started with the most recent vintage and worked backwards through the vintages. We tasted 2011 through 2008. The 2009 vintage was the one that created the buzz at the recent Virginia Wine Summit.
We enjoyed each vintage of Cedar Creek's Cabernet Franc. We were fascinated by the differences between each vintage even though the grapes had come from the same vineyard and treated the same way. 2011 was a tough year. Ron said he lost a lot of the crop. The wine he did make is a testament to strict fruit selection and expert wine making. The 2011 Cabernet Franc is very fruity with hints of white pepper. A very enjoyable red. The 2010 is a full bodied, concentrated, fruity wine that can certainly stand for more aging. The 2009 Cabernet Franc was fruity and had black pepper on the long finish. The 2008 Cabernet Franc is beautifully balanced between fruit, oak, and tannin and has a long, smooth finish.
Ron asked me to guess his favorite after I had tasted each one. That was easy. The 2008 was the best balanced wine, ready to drink now. I was surprised this vintage wasn't selected for the wine summit instead of the 2009 Cabernet franc Franc.
Cedar Creek Winery makes superb estate-bottled Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. Unfortunately, there will not be a 2013 vintage due to the frost early last spring. The winery is located on a mountain and it takes some driving up and down back roads to get there. If you would like to try their wines without waiting for the winery to re-open in April and live in northern Virginia, you can purchase bottles at the Oakton Wine Shop.
Cedar Creek Winery
7384 Zepp Road
Star Tannery, 22654