Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 2021
About This Wine
On the nose: A complex fusion of ripe blackberry and Damson plum fruit aromas mix with notes of fennel, thyme, cedar and dark earth.
On the palate: Broad, rich flavors of ripe plums, blueberries, Chantilly cream and dark earth accent an integrated mid palate and seamless finish.
Our winemakers blended 95% Cabernet Franc with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon for added structure in this lively, nuanced wine. The wine was fermented in 40% French oak, 30% new and 70% two and three-year-old barriques and 60% in stainless steel tanks and then aged for 19 months in French oak in the same barrel composition.
Late winter rains followed by ideal spring growing conditions set the stage for the 2021 vintage. Mild temperatures punctuated this drought year with only a few heat spikes during the summer months that led to early ripening and allowed us to harvest some early blocks with incredible old-world charm and intriguing complexity. Grapes that were harvested later benefitted from the longer hang time and ripened perfectly, displaying great depth with distinct regional character. The ideal weather of 2021, coupled with lower yields, produced wines that offer intense aromatics and flavors with excellent aging potential.