The 2007 bottling of our famed Cabernet Franc finds our 18-year-old vineyard blocks coming into their own and providing fruit of unparalleled depth and richness. The aromas bursting from the glass are dark and intense; blackberry and blueberry fruit, cocoa, smoky tea and toasty oak. With a little time in the decanter or in your glass and more delicate notes of red cherry, lavender and mineral earth emerge to add depth and interest.
On the palate, the fruit takes over, a riot of red and black berries
and stone fruit dominating with savory oak and the darker elements of earth and cocoa flavors showing around the edge. Tannins are gripping but smooth and elegant
and the trademark acidity of Cab Franc is perfectly integrated into a seamless whole. Though it should age well up to a decade, this beautifully balanced and precocious wine is what to drink now. Enjoy it with pork an game, long-simmered
braises and grilled vegetable dishes. It’s also a perfect red wine for cheeses. A Votre Santé!
Appelation: Napa Valley
Varietal Blend: 100% Cabernet Franc
Aging: 14 months in French and American Oak; 30% new, 30% 1 year old, 40% 2 years old
Case Production: 3400
Harvest Date: October 25, 2008
• Hand picked by night in half ton bin for optimum fruit freshness
• Fermented in open barrel and concrete tank
• Skin contact for 4 to 5 weeks
• Push down 3 times a day during fermentation
Located at the corner of Atlas Peak and Oak Knoll on a soil type of alluvium fan which exhibits gravely deposits with low content of coarse fragment. Our Cabernet is planting with a vine density of 2074 per acre which is reflected by low yield of nearly three tons per acre or 40 hl per hectare and a higher concentration of flavor.
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