Bordeaux from Another Mother?
There's only one actual wine from Bordeaux on this list, the tasty wine from the Siozard twins. But even then, it's not typical. Most of the wine is made from Semillon and the lesser known Sauvignon Gris. I fell in love with this wine the day it was harvested--literally. David and I were drinking it directly from tank, still in grape juice stage, and knew then that the wine would be wonderful.
For the reds, we look at Cabernets--a pure one from Spain, unusual in its origin, but true to form. It grows on pure granite near the city of Lleida and is dark, brooding and powerful. We also dialed up a PURE Cabernet Franc from Wenny and Gabriel Tari at Chateau de Brau near Carcassonne. Maybe you've tried it before, and if so, I'll bet you're happy to see it return. There's no better value in our book right now.
Lastly is an unlikely place to find Cabernet Franc at work--Tuscany. Two things going with this wine--bottle age, and a deft blending with Sangiovese. Nearly 10 years in the bottle and still singing.