During some aimless wanderings in Carmel by the Sea, we came across the Shale Canyon tasting room and just happened to be a little thirsty. While tasting through the range of wines this one grabbed our attention. The 2011 Cabernet Franc - Pedregal Vineyard, Paicines rated 6 *** ($2 off ****). We felt this was a great week night choice and so a bottle was purchased.
It has an elegant plum bouquet with a smoothe but lively berry fruit, light to medium body, quite well balanced and nicely integrated subtle oak. Clean medium length finish with a hint of spice and velvety tannins. This Cabernet Franc is 100% Cabernet Franc.
Shale Canyon Wines is a relatively new producer formed in 2007. Shale Canyon is a small producer making small lots of hand crafted varietals of Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. All worthy in their own right but you know our one bottle purchase rule. Guess that means we need to keep going back. Stop by and have a taste of Shale Canyon on the Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea, we think its 'good and will be going back'.
Happy Wine Adventures,
Kiwi & Koala