Loire Valley, France, $27.99
Philippe Alliet and his wife, Claude, have farmed in Cravant-les-Coteaux, in the heart of the Chinon AOC since 1985. As one of the rare producers in Chinon to win two stars in the La Revue du Vin de France's prestigious Classement, they have earned their reputation by being meticulous growers and serious winemakers. Inspired by the great wines of Bordeaux, they believe that wine should taste good whether it’s young or aged for ten years. They have made the some of the best quality wines of the appellation by avoiding chemical treatments, plowing the vineyards regularly, and by limiting the yields substantially to an incredibly low 28 hl/ha.
A perennial favorite at this point. Only 100 cs of this beauty reach the west coast. Made from young vines planted in sandy/clay based soil, this is classic Cabernet Franc. Fleshy, grapey fruit backed up with smooth tannins that are never green. The gritty texture show some minerals and provide perfect seasoning for the up-front fruit.