A nice vin de pays from a somewhat overlooked area of Languedoc. (If there was a vintage on this either it was invisible or the vintage sticker fell off.) This cab franc exhibits dark purple color, and is somewhat jammy on the nose, with elements of earth and pepper. Solid blackberry fruit, with muted tannins. Finishes light and pleasant. A nice summer drinking red for those of us who do not give up reds just because the weather turns warm. Producer recommends with grilled meats, but might pair well with a mushroom risotto. Recommended.

WHO: Moulin de Lene
WHAT: Cabernet Franc
WHERE: Cote de Thongue, Languedoc, France
WHEN: Unk
HOW MUCH: $20 (media sample)

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Gary Thomas
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Gary Thomas is also a longtime professional journalist, and former senior correspondent at the Voice of America. He was the wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, TX, and has freelanced wine articles for other publications, including the Wine Spectator. He has spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, managing to cadge needed wine in the hardiest of circumstances and unlikliest of locales, even in places like Pakistan and Iran.