Barry’s Pick: 2016 Musset-Roullier Les Neuf Vingt $17.99

First thing you need to know about this wine is that it is a red wine. Second thing you should know about it is that it is 100 percent Cabernet Franc. Third thing: Delicioso! Especially with a chill. The winery, established in 1994, is a small family-run operation with 35 acres under vine in the Loire Valley, halfway between Angers and Nantes. They are sustainable, practicing Organic as much as possible. All grapes are hand-harvested with the resulting wines bottled with minimal sulfur. This particular wine is vinified completely in
tank. The color is a beautiful garnet with a tinge of purple. On the nose I get aromas of mulberry, violets, moss and herb tea. These aromas join flavors of cranberry and mint on the palate. The light-bodied character of this wine (the tannins are perfectly integrated) along with the more elegant structure and flavors help make it better with a chill when the weather outside is hot. If you love good Cabernet Franc this is a must-try!