Cabernet Franc

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THE GRAPE

Known as one of the noble grapes of Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc was originally produced to be blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot particularly in the Libournais (right bank of the Dordogne River).  It was introduced into the Loire by Cardinal Richelieu where it is used to produce the famous rosés and reds of that region. Known for its ability to tolerate cool weather climates it can be found in traditional wine regions such as France, Italy, Spain, California and Australia but also in Bulgaria, Canada, Hungary, Illinois, Michigan, New York, South Africa and Virginia.

THE WINE

Wines produced by Cabernet Franc run the gamut of flavors and types.  From bold reds with flavors of cassis and tobacco, violets and bell peppers in warmer climes to lighter reds and rosés with flavors of strawberries and raspberries in cooler areas.  Cab Franc is also used to make sparkling rosés in the Loire.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

 Because of its versatility, Cabernet Franc can be paired with a host of different foods.  The bigger, bolder reds of the warmer climes match well with grilled meats and game, which the lighter reds and rosés are good choices with chicken, seafood and soft cheese.

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2014 Napa Valley Merlot
$ 44.00

Gold Medal - 2016 SF Inter'l Wine Competition

 

Tasting Notes

Deep, dark red color with garnet tones. Blackcurrant and cherry aromas are beautifully integrated with earthy, chocolate notes. This wine is layered with juicy blackberry, cherry, espresso, and clove notes while remaining varietally correct with subtle tannins and a smooth, fruit-driven mouthfeel.

The Merlot expressed traditional red fruit notes with a touch of oakiness. The wine was fermented in a stainless steel tank and aged in 100% French oak barrels for 17 months. Blending took place in November 2015 where we added Cabernet Franc for its floral element, Petit Verdot for its earthiness, and Malbec for its dark fruit impact. After blending, the wine was returned to the barrels until bottling.

   

Vintage:           2015

Varietal:           Merlot (93%),  Cabernet Franc (5%), Malbec                              (1%), Petit Verdot (1%),

Appellation:    Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Alcohol %:       14.7

2014 Testament Bordeaux Blend
$ 86.00

DOUBLE GOLD - 94 Points - 2018 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition

SILVER MEDAL - 2018 LA International Wine Competition

BRONZE MEDAL - 2018 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Notes

Our 2014 Testament offers glorious aromas of fresh cut roses, blueberry, cassis, and blackberries. A silky creamy entry gives way to layers of complexity that unfold in the mid-palate with velvety tannins enrobing a center of concentrated black-fruit. Elegantly balanced, the acidity and core structure deliver an exhilarating finish with hints of dark chocolate.
Varietal: 38% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec
Year: 2014
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard
AVA: Paso Robles Geneseo District 
Blend: 38% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 17% Cabernet Franc14% Petit Verdot, and 8% Malbec 
Alcohol: 13.9%

Limited Production – 215 Cases

2015 Napa Valley Merlot
$ 44.00

Gold Medal - 2018 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

Gold Medal - 2018 Beverage Tasting Institute

 

Tasting Notes

Deep red color with garnet undertones. Ripe, fresh fruit on the nose with red cherries and blackcurrant, subtle vanilla spice oak and mocha/chocolate on the finish. A soft entry leads to lively tastes of black and red fruit with a toasty oak flavor. It is a well-balanced, food-friendly wine.

The Merlot expressed traditional red fruit notes with a touch of oakiness. The wine was fermented in a stainless steel tank and aged in 100% French oak barrels for 22 months. Blending took place in August 2017 where we added Petit Verdot for its earthiness and Cabernet Franc for its floral element.

   

Vintage:           2015

Varietal:           Merlot (93%), Petit Verdot (4%), Cabernet                               Franc (3%)

Appellation:    Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Alcohol %:       14.7

2016 Ascension Cellars Revelator Cabernet Franc
$ 66.00

GOLD MEDAL - 90 Points - 2019 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition

BRONZE MEDAL - 2019 Sunset Int'l Wine Competition

BRONZE MEDAL - 2019 OC Fair Wine Competition

 

Our Revelator Cabernet Franc, is a bright, savory, medium-bodied wine brimming with deep aromas of pepper, plum, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, lilac and violets, culminating into a mouthwatering finish that lingers. 

This wine compliments medium to sharp cheddar cheeses, roasted meats and vegetables, braised short ribs, grilled steaks, prime rib, filet mignon, lamb, hearty stews and the company of dear friends.

Winemaking:

Early morning handpicks of the Cabernet Franc where in late September of 2016, the fruit was de-stemmed and fermented in small tanks, with regular pump overs to aid extraction. In order to let the varietal fruit shine through, the wine was aged in French oak barrels with a light-medium toast for over 28-months.

Bottled in January 2019. 

Composition: 90% Cabernet Franc / 10% Petit Verdot
Vineyard: Cass Vineyards
AVA: Geneseo District / Paso Robles AVA
Alchohol: 13.8
pH: 3.62
Production: 105 cases produced