Confessions of a Francophile: Part I

As a Francophile, I cannot stop at just one memorandum on the subject of all things French, especially French wine. I blame that 2009 trip to France and her vineyards for transforming a once harmless interest into a full-blown obsession on this topic. French wines, to me,  provide the bedrock upon which all other wines derive, constituting “The Classics” of oenology – the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey” for any wine lover or maker starting their hero’s journey in pursuit of perfection.

Which means that heavy on the fruit-forward, scant on the discretely nuanced wines do not a happy palate make for these taste buds. I need a wine to whisper, not yell. Hence, I tend to consider many Cabernet Sauvignons bold extroverts with an excessive need for attention. But there’s always room for surprises.

Enter Couvillion’s 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon – 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley.  Bottom line: one velvety, ruby-red slippered ride. You won’t be in Kansas anymore after drinking this little pretty.

Note: Thanks to Gallery Wine Art for stocking this gem.

Image: Couvillion Winery

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