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      2013 Alba Vineyard Cabernet Franc Heritage

      About Alba Vineyard

      Alba Vineyard (www.albavineyard.com) is a 93-acre estate nestled in the rolling hills of Warren County, on the north side of the Musconetcong river valley, a tributary of the Delaware River. Alba is a part of the Warren Hills AVA and is situated in the central New Jersey town of Milford.

      I’ve written about Alba Vineyard and its beautiful winery and tasting room in prior articles. The place is magical and I highly-recommend a visit, in the summer for the gorgeous courtyard where one can enjoy a bottle while listening to music and munching on food prepared by local restaurants, or in the colder months for a sampling of the wines in the warm and cozy tasting room.

      Looks: Inky purple-red in the glass

      Smell: Dark fruit with some smoky notes

      Taste: Rich flavors of dark raspberries with some vanilla and mocha notes

      Texture and Finish: Full-bodied, silky mouth-feel, medium finish

      Pairings: Beef, lamb, venison, rich tomato sauce-based dishes

      Style: Red Wine

      Grape Type(s): 100% Cabernet Franc

      Region: Warren County, NJ, USA

      Price: $40



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      Allagash Brewing Dinner at Villalobos January 30

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      The Shannon Rose Irish Pub Hop & Sizzle Menu

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      2015 Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir

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      Donaldson Farms Healthy Bites Buying Club CSA

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      Best Dishes 2018

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