From three plantings of Cabernet Franc clones in our estate vineyards situated in the Stags Leap District and Oakville appellations, we showcase the Cabernet Franc varietal in this subtle and complex blend.
Deep garnet in color, our 2014 Cabernet Franc offers a delightful bouquet of black currant, wild blueberry, red plum clove and mint, teeming with layers of toasted oak, baking chocolate, cedar and sage. Our Cabernet Franc possesses a bold, noteworthy palate, filling the mouth with juicy raspberry, dark cherry and hints of vanilla. You’ll discover a wonderful mid-palate weight, and the well-integrated tannins will give you something to chew on.
The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from our vineyards in Stags Leap District, with a smaller amount from our Oakville block. These vines are vertically trained and densely planted. The stress of this dense planting in well-drained areas results in smaller berries and more fruit intensity.
2014 was a consistently temperate growing season in Napa Valley, with moderate temperatures and minimal rain in September, allowing even ripening and yielding exquisite, balanced fruit. The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness during October. The berries were hand-harvested at night, carefully sorted and destemmed to tank, where fermentation took place. Then, the wine was racked to 50% new French oak barrels, where it was aged for 18 months prior to bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
With ample flavors of its own, the 2014 Cabernet Franc would prove a wonderful companion to a sweet yet savory meal like spiced pork tenderloin with pomegranate reduction or lamb sliders with carmelized onion and fresh mint. This wine would also make an exquisite cheese course when paired with Manchego Viejo, an aged Spanish cheese made from unpasteurized sheep’s milk in the La Mancha region of Spain.