At the National Cabernet Franc Wine Competition held in December 2020, Cuda Ridge Wines earned a Gold Medal and Best of Class by the Professional Judges for their 2017 Cabernet Franc. You can read more about the event at:
Also a complete review of the Cuda Ridge Wines 2017 Cabernet Franc winning wine can be found at:
The Cabernet Franc is part of Larry Dino’s (winemaker/owner) Bordeaux Collection. He has two other “wine labels” called the Black Label and Reserve Collection. His Bordeaux Collection as imagined has besides Cabernet Franc, the other key varietals of Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and most recently added Carmenere.
Enjoyed this wine the other night. This 2017 Cabernet Franc showed some “old world characteristics” as well as unique Livermore Valley traits. The coloring of this wine was dark and alluring with a medium heavy viscosity. On the nose, blueberry, cherry and a hint of plum and floral notes abound. On the palate, the naturally higher acidity was milder for a Cabernet Franc as well as the tannins subdued as expected. In the mouth, the blueberries and dark cherry were prominent along with a modicum of your typical bell pepper, black pepper and sage qualities. Soft leather, a dry rockiness and sweet pipe tobacco lingered to make the finish long lasting and inquisitive. What a great fireside “chewy” wine to be enjoyed! This wine has already made my Best Wines of Year for 2021 to be published in December. On their website it goes for $40.
The 2018 Cuda Ridge Wines Cabernet Franc also just won a Gold Medal at the 2021 SF Chronicle Wine Competition.
Excellent job Larry! Keep them coming…..