Cabernet Franc is so identified with the Loire Valley in France that it's hard to remember that the grape is also much loved in the Veneto. Just tasted: the 2007 Montecchia "Godimondo." This is one smooth Cabernet Franc from a family whose history in the area goes way back -- as in the 10th century in Venice. It has all the spiciness and earthy qualities you'd expect, along with deep, bright-flavored fruit. A truly delicious bottle, perfect for a roast chicken or duck, a chicken fricassee or pasta with sausage or chicken livers. Great fall drinking.
S. Irene Virbila