2014 Red Wine | Oakville | Napa Valley

Often overshadowed by its offspring, Cabernet Franc is beguiling. It was evident early on that this dazzling young wine, from one specific block at Oakville Ranch, was worthy of a separate bottling. Always an integral part of our Cabernet Sauvignon blend, selected barrels were nurtured and set aside for this solo release. Finicky Cabernet Franc favors and excels in soil composed of rock and moderate clay which is exactly what this site offers. Planted on a gentle contour aiming south, clusters are protected from the harsh afternoon sun. Picked in late September, the wine was aged for nineteen months in larger format cooperage.  Adorned with floral notes, the tension between savory and delicacy, is what makes this variety unique and compelling.  111 cases 750ML bottled without fining or filtration.