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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2012 Humanitas Cabernet Franc Willy's Vineyard
$ 60.00

Oft overlooked, occasionally maligned, but ever adored around here, the Cabernet Franc variety is shown off in its full glory when grown in Willy's Vineyard. There's something seductive about this wine, from its aromas of cinnamon, clove and worn leather to its soft, full mouthfeel and imposing structure. We love the way dusty tannins can melt into tantalizing flavors of cherry cola wiping our sorrows away. Charles Mingus is playing in the background, the aromas of a beautiful meal are wafting in from the kitchen, I'm on my second glass, and I'm pretty sure life doesn't get much better than this.

Composition: 92% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot
Appellation: 92% Chiles Valley, 8% Rutherford
Aging: 20 months in 30% new French oak
Alcohol: 14.1% abv
Harvest Date: October 26, 2012

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

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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: Bordeaux Blend 
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