Help! Looking for Pinot Franc wine
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I have a friend that loves Pinot Franc wine. From what I gather, it is a Moldavian wine. A web search resulted in Asconi as the producer or Hincesti? I thought it would be great to get her a couple bottles for Christmas, but for the life of me, I cannot find any US distributors. I've been to 3 of the largest liquor stores in the Denver Metro area and they all look at as if I am mad.
Any help locating this particular variety would be much appreciated!
Admittedly, this is an old thread but was revived earlier today by another poster . . .
It always intrigues me when someone asks about a grape that I have *never* heard of. A quick search of "Vines, Grapes, and Wines" by Jancis Robinson (1986) reveals no listing for "Pinot Franc." Neither does "The Oxford Companion to Wine, Third Edition," (2006), "The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia, Third Edition" (2001), the "Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine" (1994), nor any other reference book that I've looked at this morning.
As with many grapes planted in Eastern Europe the word "franc" often denotes -- obviously -- "France." And there are a couple of online sources that seem to indicate that Moldova's "Pinot Franc" is the same as the grape known as "Pineau Franc" in France's Jura region. Ergo, I think it's actually safe to conclude that Moldova's "Pinot Franc" in is fact Pinot Noir . . . albeit produced in a distinctly Moldovan manner (i.e.: unrecognizable as the red wine grape of the Côte d'Or).
Getting very 'dorky' here but I was intrigued too, and had some time to look.
John S. Skinner lists "Pineau - Franc" in his American Farmer, published in 1819. There's little there to latch onto except that he says "it produces the most delicate wines of Burgundy"............. so...... by George, I think you've got it!
The Google Books link I found is pretty long, but here goes: http://books.google.com/books?id=Zdn1iMNR1qwC&pg=PA331&lpg=PA331&dq=%22Pineau+Franc%22+in+France%27s+Jura&source=bl&ots=NU_q8hU-Zp&sig=l07y2AAteh9h_mnG4zER-TLr8rA&hl=en&ei=1srvTcqPGsnn0QGWuIT3DA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=pineau&f=false
Here's another source link: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&...
The second one appears to be from 1878, so sounds like it's a name for Pinot Noir that hasn't been used in a while. ;o))
Pinot Franc is what Pinot Noir is called in Moldova. I don't have a good source of Moldavian wines, but if your friend likes the Moldavian version, she may also appreciate other Pinot Noirs. A decent substitute that would be easier to find might be a Blauburgunder, or the German version of Pinot Noir.