At the National Cabernet Franc Wine Competition held December 2nd, 2020, Mineral Wines earned a Silver Medal Award by both the Professional and the People’s Choice Judges for their 2017 Cabernet Franc. This was Mineral Wines first year entering the wine competition and this is considered a solid showing. You can read more about the event at:
Brett Keller and his wife Andrea own Mineral Wines. Brett started out in Hospitality Management but eventually went back to school earning his degree in Viticulture and Enology in 2003. When Brett and Andrea moved back to Angels Camp (Calaveras County), Brett took over management of Andrea’s family 4 acre Cherokee Creek Vineyard. Initially this property grew exclusively Merlot, but subsequently Brett grafted three acres of vineyard to Roussanne, Viognier and Petite Sirah. These are the main stay and define Mineral Wines today. In addition, they produce a Zinfandel, Malbec, various Meritage blends, Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their tasting room is located at 419 B Main St. Murphys, CA.
The 2017 Mineral Wine Cabernet Franc is a deep crimson color on the eyes and medium viscosity. On the nose aromas of violets, black fruits and black cherry abound. On the palate, blackberry, cigar tobacco, balanced with a subtle vanilla spice presents a very drinkable Cabernet Franc. The finish has the typical pyrazine (green bell pepper) but it is in the background providing a smooth finish. The tannins are tame and enjoyable. The current release is the 2018 and it sells for $34.