When looking at the Detert Family Vineyards logo one might expect a “gnarly, rough and tumble” wine perhaps. Nothing could be further from the truth as their Cabernet Franc is smooth, a full mouth lingering pleasant concoction of chocolate, and numerous layers of berries and tobacco. Tom Garret hosted me six or seven years back and with his experience at Turley, Joseph Phelps, Robert Mondavi, and under Heidi Peterson Barrett as her assistant winemaker for Revana, he has “it down pat”. I have consistently drank and rated his wines as one of the top 10 Cabernet Franc’s in Northern California. For six years in a row their Cabernet Franc made the “Best of the Year” on my favorites for the year.
Tonight pulled this 2008 Cabernet Franc to go with a seared BBQed ribeye steak medium rare, Yukon Gold potato and fresh garden salad. This 2008 was still strong with fruit, structure and the silky tannins were just starting to settle down. A wonderful wine and could easily go another 3-4 years in the cellar.