Category: Napa 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.

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.

Beaucanon Estate Cuvée Louis Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2008, California 

My Rating 89 Points.   

Price $30.

This Friday’s Cabernet fix, is a great Cabernet Franc (Cabernet Sauvignon’s dad).

Beautiful deep purple core with a lighter purple rim.

Tart and fruity on the nose with sweet plums, cherries, red flowers, raspberries, vanilla, licorice, oak, dark chocolates, dark roasted coffee, figs, earth, pencil lead, coke, eucalyptus, mint and peppercorn.

Full-bodied, smooth and elegant with high acidity and long legs.

Very dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, cherries, oak, vanilla, alcohol, cola, licorice, chocolates, vegetables, tobacco, herbs, spices and black pepper.

Long tangy finish with round tannins and tart raspberries.

This 9 year old Napa Cab, is still drinking nicely, but it lost some of its balance. Elegant, complex, smooth and interesting. Good just by itself, but also good with lamb chops on the grill.

Still has a gorgeous nose but has a lot of alcohol at the back of the throat. I had it a year ago, and it was better than now.

Needs 2 to 3 hours of air time to show tannins. Enjoyed it, but it’s on the way out, so if you have one, drink up…

14.9% alcohol by volume.

Beaucanon Estate Cuvée Louis Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2008, California

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My Rating 96 Points. 
Price $27.

It’s the weekend, and it is my 444th review. Let’s celebrate! This is a gorgeous Cabernet Franc to start the weekend with…

Dark ruby in color with a wide purplish rim.

Big Napa Cabernet nose of vanilla, wood, cedar, blackberries, figs, cooked plums, light vegetables, sweet spices and black pepper.

Full bodied and bold, yet smooth and elegant with medium acidity and gorgeous legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, blackberries, plums, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, spices, light nutmeg and peppercorn.

Long, long finish with awesome, full, round tannins and spices.

What a gorgeous wine this is. Nicely balanced, elegant and smooth with a gorgeous mouthfeel. One that you want to enjoy it all by itself without any distractions . Probably peaking now and in the next couple of years. This is like candy in a bottle. Definitely My kind of wine.

Needed 3 hours in the decanter, and even after that, it continued to evolve.

Aged in American oak barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.