This year’s offering is packed with red fruit notes from raspberry to cherry pie, and also has nuances of blue fruit, including blueberry and black raspberry.  Chocolate and maple flavors and a hint of violets complete the nose.  On the palate, this is one of our most concentrated Cabernet Francs yet, with a syrupy texture that coats the entire mouth, big but ripe tannins, and our Cabernet Franc’s characteristic bright acidity. Rounding out the wine, 14% Merlot from our Rocky Top vineyard block adds supple red fruit while 6% Cabernet Sauvignon from our Quartz Hill and Chalk Hill vineyard blocks provides structure and intensity.

Appellation: Sonoma County
Vintage: 2007
Harvest: October 2007
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 80% Cabernet Franc
14% Merlot
6% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.2%
Bottling: April 2009
Production: 1295 cases
Release Date: August 2009
Price: $60.00
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Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate: December 2009, Issue 186
    Rating: 90+

    Another winner, the 2007 Cabernet Franc is slightly more closed and tannic than the Merlot. It reveals notes of herbs, cedar, spice box, and fruit, beautiful density, sweet tannin, and a mid-weight feel in the mouth. It should drink nicely for 10-12 years.

  • Wine Spectator: May 31, 2010
    Rating: 92

    Remarkably supple, elegant and refined, displaying rich, ripe berry, chocolate, anise, espresso bean and cedar. Full-bodied, trim and focused, ending with the right mix of acidity and tannins. Drink now through 2017. 1,295 cases made. –JL

  • Wine Enthusiast: May 2010
    Rating: 91

    A lovely Cabernet Franc, one of the best on the market. Shows classic Pride Mountain characteristics of ripeness, balance and immediate drinkability, although it will take a few years in the cellar. Dry and full-bodied, it’s rich in black cherries, spices and oak, with firm tannins. Now–2013.

  • Connoisseurs’ Guide: April 2010
    Rating: 90

    14% Merlot; 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Perhaps it is this wine’s hilltop provenance that is responsible for taking away some of its varietal focus, but, that quibble aside, this is a fulsome, deep, rich rendition nonetheless, and if treated as a ripe Bordeaux mix, its closest analogy, it is a wine worth knowing. Very full in body and fleshy in feel with plenty of ripe black cherry fruit in evidence but virtually none of C. Franc’s herbal or tight sides, it is armed with a fair bit of finishing energy.

  • Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: May/June 2010 Issue 150
    Rating: 90

    Good red-ruby. Perfumed, rather delicate aromas of plum, cherry, blueberry, spices, flowers and bitter chocolate. A sweet, juicy midweight with firm acidity and subtle flavor intensity. Suave more than powerful. Finishes with tannins that are firm but not dry. Lovely wine, and balanced to age.