Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Franc
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Chris Cooney and Trevor Durling

This limited bottling offers the opportunity to discover the intriguing personality of Cabernet Franc, which is a variety often used in blending Bordeaux-style wines. We sourced Cabernet Franc from the Tamagni Vineyard on the northeast side of Napa Valley, just south of Calistoga. The 2014 vintage has produced small, concentrated grapes resulting in high quality Cabernet. In its youth, this wine will benefit from the decanting prior to serving.

Appellation: Calistoga
Barrel Aging: 22 Months, 100% French Oak (50% New)
Varietal Composition: 96% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
ABV: 15.3%
Production: 453 cases

92 Points - JamesSuckling.com

“This is a very structured cabernet franc with lots of fruit and chewy tannins. Full body and very rich with a wealth of wood maturation and intensity. Riper style. Drink or age." - James Suckling, December 2017

91+ Points - Wine Advocate

“Containing a 4% dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014 Cabernet Franc Calistoga gives fragrant kirsch, black forest cake and red currant jelly notes with hints of dried Provence herbs, pencil lead and dusty earth. Big, rich and succulent in the full-bodied mouth, it fills the palate with red berry preserves, with lively acid and herbal freshness lifting the opulent fruit, finishing long and savory." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2017

Tasting Notes

This limited bottling offers the opportunity to discover the intriguing personality of Cabernet Franc, which is a variety often used in blending Bordeaux-style wines. Our 2014 Cabernet Franc is incredibly expressive with effusive dark black berry and black cherry aromas, with subtle hints of dark mocha, savory bay leaf, sweet sage and toasted oak spice. On the palate, the flavors are rich and mouth filling with an enveloping silky texture showcasing multi-dimensional dark-fruit and spice expression. Well-integrated oak character reminiscent of baking spices, toasted almond, and roasted coffee bean fill out the profile, while candied black cherry lifts the aromas and lingers on the deliciously long finish. The refined tannins, a signature of the Calistoga appellation, have just the right amount of “grip” to stand up to sizzling steaks, roasted pork loin rubbed with herbs, lamb kebabs, and other boldly flavored entrées, or aged cheeses.

Vineyard Notes

Exceptional Cabernet Franc grapes from Tamagni Vineyard, which is located along the Silverado Trail just south of Calistoga, were the catalyst for our decision to make this special bottling. Cabernet Franc is often used to enhance the framework of Bordeaux-style wines, but this warm vineyard site, with its well-draining, low-vigor, rock-and-clay soils, yields a wine with all the elements to shine as the primary grape variety. A small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, from Hewitt Vineyard in Rutherford, completes this wine’s myriad of flavors.

Vintage Notes

Dry, early and shaking is how 2014 will be remembered in Napa Valley, yet it had a silver lining with small, concentrated grapes and high quality. February’s rains brought the total rainfall up from low to adequate, helping to relieve three years of drought conditions. Warm temperatures promoted early budbreak in spring and accelerated grape maturation. Just as harvest began, a dramatic 6.0 earthquake shook Napa Valley awake on August 24. We finished the very compact, plentiful harvest by mid-October and celebrated the vintage’s ripe, flavorful grapes.

Winemaking Notes

After hand harvesting the fruit and then hand sorting it twice at the winery, we gently destemmed the grapes to retain at least 60 percent whole berries. Three days of cold soaking before fermentation gently extracted the deep purple color and rich varietal flavors from the skins. Following fermentation, extended skin contact and gentle pressing, the wine completed malolactic fermentation in barrels to round out the acidity. Barrel aging married the rich Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon fruit flavors with toasty oak tones.
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