Tasting Note: Silver Leaf Cabernet Franc

I had this last night with flank steak, parmesan potatoes, and a compound butter made with spicy Italian peppers.  It held up to the heat quite well, I was very impressed.  Silver Leaf is a relatively new winery, located quite far up the Leelanau peninsula near the pretty town of Sutton’s Bay.  It appears from a quick check of their website that they’ve sold out of this vintage, which is a real pity.

Silver Leaf Cabernet Franc (2013) Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan – $42

Color: medium purple-black.

Aroma: tar, plum, and a little heat; hints of stewed fruit as well.

Taste: black plum and black pepper, with a touch of walnut. The mouthfeel is silky with tannins on the side of the mouth, very reminiscent of a good Bordeaux.

This needs a touch of chill – it’s labelled as 13% alcohol but I suspect it’s on the high side. Drink now or in the next 24 months.

A big of a splurge, but this is recommended.  A great Bordeaux-style American red, from an unexpected location.

 

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