Barboursville Virginia Cabernet Franc 2008 2009 2010 – Interview & Tasting with Frank Morgan & James Melendez

It was a pleasure to sit down and taste some beautiful Cabernet Franc from Barboursville, Virginia with Frank Morgan of Drink What You Like.   I have known Frank from the Twittersphere and, of course, in person at several Wine Bloggers Conferences (WineBlogCon).   Frank, in my mind, is no doubt a subject matter expert when it comes to Virginia wines and has considerable knowledge and experience of many wines and wine regions around the world.

I hate to say but it had been nearly two years since my last tasting of Cabernet Franc or any wine from Virginia! That is been far too long. Virginia is getting much more recognition today than say a decade ago. The recognition should continue and I hope to see more ecumenical wine lists as well as wine retail assortments to encompass Virginia wines in the future.

Virginia is growing an impressive number of wine varieties: everything from Albariño, Cabernet Sauvignon, Graciano, Malbec, Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot, Rkatsiteli to Zinfandel (and there are many more in between).

Virginia’s flagship Vitis vinifera red wine grapes is Cabernet Franc and white wine grapes is Viognier. Frank and I were both in Santa Barbara County for the Wine Bloggers Conference. I was delighted to find that Frank had travelled cross country with three special Cabernet Francs from Barboursville. We opened up the following vintages: 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Each vintage was expressing the conditions of each respective year’s growing conditions and the expert touch of long time Barboursville wine maker Luca Paschina.   Each bottle was an outstanding Cabernet Franc that for me was a proof positive of excellence of Virginia winemaking—each vintage was rich, unfolding it’s experience and I was left with no doubt that I had tasted three world class Cabernet Francs (for more specific details on the wine I would recommend viewing the video below).

I wanted to share each of the wine reviews specifically that we both tasted, giving the point scores in this article and also a reference point to view each portion of this video.


Virginia Wine History/Information/Perspectives – 1:03 – Frank Morgan




Barboursville Virginia Cabernet Franc – 2008 – James the Wine Guy Point Score 9.3 (93/100 Pts) Time Point in Video: 13:29





Barboursville Virginia Cabernet Franc – 2009 –James the Wine Guy Point Score 9.4 (94/100 Pts) Time Point in Video: 16:09





Barboursville Virginia Cabernet Franc – 2010 –James the Wine Guy Point Score 9.3 (93/100 Pts) Time Point in Video: 18:49


I look forward to tasting many more wines from Barboursville and Virginia. If you haven’t had an opportunity to taste a Virginia wine ask you wine merchant to bring some in.   A good starting place in your wine journey would be to taste Barboursville wines. I have listed link below to see if you can receipt wines from your respective state. Also, as I often say in videos—be sure to do a foot on ground tour to discover the full depth of Virginia many wine counties.



More Information on the producer:

Barboursville Vineyards


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About James Melendez

I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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One Response to Barboursville Virginia Cabernet Franc 2008 2009 2010 – Interview & Tasting with Frank Morgan & James Melendez

  1. Sean Wallace says:

    You have me sold on the Virginia wine. I am going to look into getting some.

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