+ Add Critic Score

Submit a Critic Score

Score:

Name of Critic:

Close

Vinum Cellars the Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is a special little wine from the El Dorado Foothills which we have been making for 12 vintages. The entire vineyard only produces about 500 cases a year but it’s worth it (because it’s so good). The origin of Cabernet Franc is simply the parent of the more popular “King of Grape Varietals” Cabernet Sauvignon which is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. This vineyard is 25 years old and is head-trained allowing more sunlight into the canopy and therefore a reduction in Pyrazines which are responsible for green and vegetal aromas and flavors. We depict this brand with our version of a Scrapper (a fighter) because the varietal has quickly been forgotten in the shadows of the more popular varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. Our scrapper image happens to be the image of Gene Tunney who was the 1926 Heavyweight Champion of the World, most modern day people have never even heard of him. Well, have you ever heard of Jack Dempsey? A little history lesson here; Gene Tunney defeated Jack Dempsey for the 1926 crown, but it was the second time he defeated the more popular fighter (no one else ever did that). So to complete our metaphor, if Gene Tunney is Cabernet Franc, clearly Jack Dempsey is Cabernet Sauvignon so we then ask you, which is the better varietal because we know who the better boxer was. The color of this wine demonstrates its concentration with a deep plum black cherry hue. The wine is very extracted due to low yielding (2 tons per acre) yields which express amazing varietal concentration. The aromas show ripe black cherry and cassis notes and lead to a silky entry on the palate which is very supple with a sweet core of fruit followed by structured tannins, black pepper, leather and grippy plum and ripe cherry flavors. The wine finishes with the overall strength we expect from Cabernet Sauvignon with the rare dignity few Scrappers (Cab Francs) possess. Try it with grilled Pork Chops, seasoned lamb on the spit or grilled bone-in Rib Eye steaks with soft polenta and roasted brussel sprouts. It’s fantastic with chocolate (anything) and will stand up to a Flourless Chocolate cake.

  • + My Wines

    My Wines

    Save in My Wines

    Add to Wishlist

    My Cellar

  • List It
  • Add Review
3.2325 5 0.5
Average Rating Rate It Add
Vinum Cellars:
Our basic winemaking philosophy is to work with great grape growers to develop the best fruit in the vineyard. We pick the grapes at optimal ripeness and gently process the fruit. We are very experimental with yeast strains and use different cultures for each variety. Our whites are barrel fermented slowly and aged Sur Lies in small French Oak barrels. With our reds, skin contact is optimized b... Read more
Our basic winemaking philosophy is to work with great grape growers to develop the best fruit in the vineyard. We pick the grapes at optimal ripeness and gently process the fruit. We are very experimental with yeast strains and use different cultures for each variety. Our whites are barrel fermented slowly and aged Sur Lies in small French Oak barrels. With our reds, skin contact is optimized by the use of small open top fermentors, hand punch downs and extended maceration before pressing. Our belief in the use of older French Oak barrels allows the varietal fruit of our wines to be expressed. We are committed to experimenting and learning new winemaking methods while preserving an old world approach. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Vinum Cellars the Scrapper Cabernet Franc

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464773,178
0.00 5
05/23/2016

Darkly rich red currant and raspberry fruit aromas with good baking spice and black pepper and a slight note of varietally correct green herb. Nicely rich and full in the mouth, this is fruity and full bodied, showing a lot of spicy acidity, good earthiness from the chew of the tannins, and bright raspberry and black cherry fruit.


External Reviews for Vinum Cellars the Scrapper Cabernet Franc

External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/23/2011

This is a wine made for the open-minded, the adventurous and those who root for the underdog. It's Cabernet Franc from El Dorado, California aged in used French Oak for 22 months; truly a Scrapper.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 07/06/2011

WE 92pts. - Winemaker Notes - This single vineyard, 100% Cabernet Franc displays deep plum color, medium brick red on the edges. The aromas are rich with ripe Cabernet notes such as cassis, black cherry, leather and cigar box. The palate is very concentrated witha rich sappy core of fruit backed by firm tannins with soft supple edges. The core fruit is blueberry and boysenberry, with silky vanilla from French Oak. Additionally there s a subtle spice which explodes out of the Cabernet matrix making this Franc varietally distinct and correct.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 09/15/2011

This single vineyard, 100% Cabernet Franc displays deep plum color, medium brick red on the edges. The aromas are rich with ripe Cabernet notes such as cassis, black cherry, leather and cigar box. The palate is very concentrated witha rich sappy core of fruit backed by firm tannins with soft supple edges.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 01/16/2010

Grapes sourced from El Dorado County, t his is a wine made for the open-minded, the adventurous and those who root for the underdog. Its Cabernet Franc from El Dorado California aged in used French Oak for 22 months; truly a Scrapper. Cabernet Franc is the best Bordeaux variety grown in the Sierra Foothills, and this is a pretty good one. Its dry and classically structured, with rich flavors of cherries, herbs and oak, and a briary character of wild mountain berries. Vinum Cellars is a small artisan brand with a hands-on approach to winemaking and a passion for the more obscure grape varietals. We preserve an Old World approach to winemaking in letting the fruit show its best character, yet in the true spirit of California winemaking style, we allow ourselves to experiment with yeast selections and techniques.



This wine is a special little wine from the El Dorado Foothills which we have been making for 12 vintages. The entire vineyard only produces about 500 cases a year but it’s worth it (because it’s so good). The origin of Cabernet Franc is simply the parent of the more popular “King of Grape Varietals” Cabernet Sauvignon which is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. This vineyard is 25 years old and is head-trained allowing more sunlight into the canopy and therefore a reduction in Pyrazines which are responsible for green and vegetal aromas and flavors. We depict this brand with our version of a Scrapper (a fighter) because the varietal has quickly been forgotten in the shadows of the more popular varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. Our scrapper image happens to be the image of Gene Tunney who was the 1926 Heavyweight Champion of the World, most modern day people have never even heard of him. Well, have you ever heard of Jack Dempsey? A little history lesson here; Gene Tunney defeated Jack Dempsey for the 1926 crown, but it was the second time he defeated the more popular fighter (no one else ever did that). So to complete our metaphor, if Gene Tunney is Cabernet Franc, clearly Jack Dempsey is Cabernet Sauvignon so we then ask you, which is the better varietal because we know who the better boxer was. The color of this wine demonstrates its concentration with a deep plum black cherry hue. The wine is very extracted due to low yielding (2 tons per acre) yields which express amazing varietal concentration. The aromas show ripe black cherry and cassis notes and lead to a silky entry on the palate which is very supple with a sweet core of fruit followed by structured tannins, black pepper, leather and grippy plum and ripe cherry flavors. The wine finishes with the overall strength we expect from Cabernet Sauvignon with the rare dignity few Scrappers (Cab Francs) possess. Try it with grilled Pork Chops, seasoned lamb on the spit or grilled bone-in Rib Eye steaks with soft polenta and roasted brussel sprouts. It’s fantastic with chocolate (anything) and will stand up to a Flourless Chocolate cake.

Photos

1 2

+ Add Image

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.9%

Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Cabernet Franc Top Lists







Snooth Media Network