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.