2005 Santa Ynez Valley Winery Cabernet Franc

Santa Ynez Valley Winery Cabernet FrancPrice: $8.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per quaffability “Having spent a good chunk of the past week putting together an email blast for winery that ruffled a few feathers by selling their first release of Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Franc for $100, I was very interested when I spotted this Cab Franc at TJ’s , for $7.99 (I think). Folks don’t think of this Santa Barbara County appellation as a source for CF, as it’s known for Chard and Pinot Noir, of course, as well as Syrah. I had never heard of this winery before – the back label says it’s a new second label of Kalyra.

This wine is hot on the nose, but after the alcohol blows off there are some good leafy mineraly aromas overlaid by dusty cassis. The mouth offers nice silky texture, medium body, and good balance, with a short but tasty finish. Not much oak here. This is a lighter style of CF, more Chinon with some added fruit than Saint-Emilion. If I remember the price correctly, it’s a good value.”

What I Think:

Just opened this tonight and haven’t finished it yet but get this one if you see it. In fact add the label to your all stars category. Whenever you see something new from this winery get it. They produce a lot of bang for the buck…I’ll post a complete review later.

Done now and still smiling, this is good stuff! As mentioned on quaffability I was somewhat curious about Cab Franc from the Central Coast. Given that it is relative rare to find this bottled as a varietal offering at all in CA this was about the last place I would expect to see it. Checking the Kalyra site I find no mention of this wine but no worries it is a winner. On the nose I found some mineral notes overshadowed by mint or some similar leafy/aroma notes. In the mouth the wine is smooth. For Cab Franc the weight seems normal, the fruit is nice and the finish while not long is pleasant. Got another one of this sitting in the rack, looking forward to it…

Rating: Bulk Buy

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3 thoughts on “2005 Santa Ynez Valley Winery Cabernet Franc

  1. Jason,
    What does this label look like for the Santa Ynez Valley Winery? I’ve been trying to track down a red blend that I purchased at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago in Portland, OR and have had no luck.


  2. I updated the post with a picture. This shouldn’t be the one you are looking for. Was it a blend from Paso Robles? There are a few now. The Tres Pinos and Rabbit Ridge. If you can give me some hints I am guessing I can help you figure out which it is. Was it good?

  3. I’ve had a nice St. Ynez cab franc from a Bonny Doon club shipment a few years ago, so I’ll have to check this one out. I really love Cab Franc, and have had some great ones this year. Most recently, a 2007 Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil “Trinch!” from the Loire Valley. It sells for around $20 (you can get it at Kermit Lynch in Berkeley and Terroir Natural Wine Merchants in SF). It’s definitely pricier than most TJ offerings, but man was it good. Very floral nose, light strawberries in the mouth.


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