BOYANCI Inspire ROMAnce Cabernet Franc 2014
Although the calendar says it’s spring, winter appears to be retaining its grip on New York City, so we are still enjoying comfort food. Thoughts are turning to warmer temperatures alongside whites and rosés, but this is still serious red wine weather. That’s why we pulled out a bottle of BOYANCI Inspire ROMAnce Cabernet Franc 2014 and had it with baked ziti over the weekend.
Pronounced just like buoyancy,or “the upward force that keeps things afloat,” BOYANCI is a combination of founders Kevin Boyer and Tom and Roma Steffanci’s last names. ROMAnce is named for Roma Steffanci, who handles all aspects of the brand except for the actual winemaking. With grapes sourced from some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards, winemaker Helen Keplinger has been crafting Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the flagship BOYANCI red blend since the first vintage in 2012.
One of the parents of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Cabernet Franc often plays a supporting role to these grapes in blended wine. We are always excited when a single varietal version of Cabernet Franc comes our way, and the BOYANCI did not disappoint. While we enjoyed it with ziti, we would also pair this wine with grilled steak, roast pork, or cassoulet.
BOYANCI Inspire ROMAnce Cabernet Franc 2014 offers aromas of blackberry and caramel with a touch of black tea. It is full in the mouth, with flavors of black cherry, raspberry, and a hint of truffle. Silky tannins and bright acidity vie for the palate’s attention and fade into a soft finish.