Category: California Cabernet Franc

Titus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2019, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a tasty Cabernet Franc from Napa.

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, coffee, light bell pepper, peppercorn, earth and light vegetables.

Full bodied, elegant and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, peppercorn, earth, black tea and vegetables.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley is starting to drink nicely now.

Showing a nice mouthfeel, with nice complexity and good balance.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime, but it really needs longer than that.

This 3 year old will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years, and see how it evolved.

Has good potential to become a 94+ point wine.

Good by itself and better with food. Will pair nicely with lamb dishes. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 86% Cabernet Franc,
7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7%
Malbec. Aged in (65% new) French oak barrels for 20 months. 

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$53.

Prothro Family Wines Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2018 Napa Valley, California



It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, black plums, sweet cherries, licorice, oak, dark chocolates, earth, dark coffee, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, spices, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, light vanilla and light vegetables.

Nice length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley. Rich and intense, and a good sipping wine, with a beautiful nose. The tangy finish makes it interesting.

I usually get lots of bell pepper notes with Cabernet Franc, but not here, which I liked.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and remove some of the acidity, so be patient. It is worth it.

A good food wine, and good by itself as well, once it opens up. Alcohol is nicely integrated by now, so watch out.

Still young and starting to drink nicely now. Would be interesting to revisit it in 5 years. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Will pair nicely with lamb chops. I had it with a fatty Brie cheese.

A blend of 99% Cabernet Franc with some Petit Verdot and Merlot. Aged for 22 months in oak barrels. A tiny production of only 1 barrel.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$68.

Flora Springs Family Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2019, California


It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

On the nose black plums, cooked cherries, black currants, cedar, licorice, vanilla, milk chocolates, coffee, black pepper, spices and light earth.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, chocolates, light alcohol, sweet caramel and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Franc. Easy drinking and good as a sipping wine. Very chocolatey and so smooth and delicious.

Drinking very nicely already, although very young at this point. Would be nice to revisit this in 3 years, and will age nicely in the next 7 to 10 years.

Although it is dry, it has a sweet feel, like chocolate covered dried fruits, which makes it very pleasant and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle and much better after an hour in a decanter. Showing nice complexity with a nice, soft mouthfeel. Fruit forward and rich.

Will pair nicely with grilled meats. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses,

100% Cabernet Franc grapes were aged for 18 months in mostly French Oak barrels. A small production of only 250 cases.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.

Hawk and Horse Vineyards Red Hills Cabernet Franc 2017, California



Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice Cabernet Franc from California.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim and medium plus intensity.

Strong nose of blackberries, blueberries, black plums, wildflowers, alcohol, spices, cedar, dark chocolates, licorice and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, blueberries, sweet cherries, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, peppercorn, spices, alcohol and sweet vinaigrette.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This four-year-old Cabernet Franc from Lake County in California is drinking very nicely now.

Fruit forward and enjoyable by itself or with food. The nose is very aromatic and flowery. Doesn’t drink like a Cabernet Franc, as it not showing any vegetables notes.

Needs time to open up, and I gave it 2 hours in a decanter.

Alcohol is still noticeable, but that will dissipate with time. Would be nice to revisit it in 2 years.

Paired nicely with cheeses, olives and crackers.

100% Cabernet Franc grapes were aged in French Oak barrels (40% new). Grapes are grown at 2,000 feet of elevation on a red volcanic soil. A small production of only 150 cases. Organic.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65.

Clos du Val Wine Company Stags Leap District Hirondelle Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2017, Napa Valley, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a gorgeous one from Napa.

Very dark ruby in color with a pretty reddish rim.

Beautiful nose of black currants, figs, vanilla, cedar, sweet strawberries, cooked cherries, licorice, eucalyptus, bell pepper, earth, mint, tobacco leaf, spices, vegetables, celery, pencil lead and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, dried cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables, graphite, vegetables and peppercorn

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley. Showing a gorgeous nose with great complexity.

Already very tasty, although still young. A little hot right now, but that will go away with proper aging.

Would be nice to revisit it in 6 years, and will age nicely in the next 20 years. Showing great potential to become a 97+ point wine, and already delicious by itself.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, show the tannins, and the beautiful nose, so be patient.

This Single Vineyard is so interesting and unique. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Soft, yet powerful. Rich and extracted. Elegant, tangy and fruity.

A blend of 91% Cabernet Franc and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 20 month in (90% new) French Oak barrels. A very small production of only 18 barrels.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$120.

T. Berkley Wines Ophelia Cabernet Franc 2017 Sonoma County, California

Dark ruby in color with a reddish cloudy rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black currants, black plums, black cherries, licorice, spices, vanilla, wild flowers, oak, tobacco, dark chocolates, light alcohol, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, raspberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, tobacco, light herbs, peppercorn, a touch of red candy, espresso, licorice, spices and chocolates.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Easy drinking and fruit forward. Tangy and interesting. Loved the finish.

Needs an hour of airtime to open up properly.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

Made with 100% Cabernet Franc grapes from Vineyards in Chalk Hill and Knights Valley.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$45.

F2 Wines Falconiere Cabernet Franc 2017 Los Olivos District, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose cherries, blueberries, spices, light wood, earth, vegetables, licorice, cardamom, wild flowers and black pepper. Very aromatic.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, raspberries, spices, earth, dark coffee, light vegetables and black pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Cabernet Franc from Los Olivos District in California. Tangy, interesting and spicy.

I let it open up for 2 hours, but I didn’t see a big difference.

This Single Vineyard will need a couple of years in the bottle to mature, but already tasty now.

High in alcohol, but not noticeable, so watch out. A nice food wine. I paired it with meats and cheeses.

Aged for 30 months in neutral French Oak barrels. A small production of only 200 cases.

15.2% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$48.

Castelli Family Vineyards Estate Cabernet Franc 2015, Ramona Valley, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious Cabernet Franc.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish /brick rim. Wonderful color.

Nice nose of blueberries, black currants, vanilla, cedar, bell pepper, spices, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, vegetables, herbs and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked plums, cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, spices, vegetables, bell pepper, licorice, dark chocolates, black coffee, light celery and peppercorn.

Long tangy finish with soft tannins and raspberries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Franc from San Diego County. What a great surprise. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel with nice balance.

Tasty and enjoyable by itself as a sipping wine.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and remove the acidity.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

Aged in French oak barrels for 27 months. A small production of only 72 cases.

Tasty and delicious.

13.4% alcohol by volume. Yay. Nice to see that from California.

92 points.

$44.

Michael David Winery Inkblot Cabernet Franc 2015 Lodi, California

Here is a beautiful wine to celebrate Cabernet Franc Day.

Dark ruby in color with a cloudy reddish rim.

Fruity nose of dried figs, blackberries, cooked cherries, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, cola, pencil lead, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco and light alcohol.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, blackberries, cooked cherries, dried figs, tobacco, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, herbs and coke.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Cabernet Franc from Lodi, California. Fruit forward, extracted and tasty, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime, when the tannins show up.

Delicious, but might be too sweet for some. I’d like to revisit it in a year or two.

Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$35.

F2 Wines Il Falconieri Los Olivos District Cabernet Franc 2015, California

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Beautiful nose of black currants, cherries, dried figs, vanilla, cedar, licorice, spices, flowers, dark chocolates, black pepper and light earth.

Full-bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, cherries, sweet strawberries, black currants, raspberries, wood, spices, chocolates, tobacco, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Cabernet Franc from Santa Ynez Valley, California.
Drinking very nicely now. Showing medium complexity with a nice, soft mouthfeel.

Good by itself as a sipping wine.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

I had this vintage 6 months ago, and it is drinking better now. This 4 year old should drink nicely in the next few years.

I really loved the nose here. This is Interesting, tangy, enjoyable and delicious.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$45.