2014 Cabernet Franc
This wine has lovely aromas of strawberry, raspberry and other red fruits, as well as a plethora of floral nuances including jasmine, violet and lily of the valley. Subtle notes of eucalyptus, cloves, crushed leaves and peppermint add complexity and play to the flavor profile. On the palate, the 2014 Cabernet Franc is round and rich, with tannins that are mouth-coatingly present but not aggressive.
For this vintage, we have blended in slightly more cabernet sauvignon than we typically use, for a total of 11% of the blend. The cabernet sauvignon adds a bit of size and structure to the mouth. We have also used 8.5% merlot to enhance the lush, ripe fruit character.
|Blend:||80.5% Cabernet Franc
11% Cabernet Sauvignon
|Release Date:||August 2016|
Wine Advocate: October 2016
The 2014 Cabernet Franc, which sees 18 months in 40% new French oak, is actually a blend of 80.5% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Deep opaque purple in color, with notes of spring ﬂowers, black raspberries and blueberries, the wine hits the palate with more ﬂorest ﬂoor and ﬂoral notes, a continuation of the blue and red fruit ﬂavor spectrum, some nice spice, and ﬁnely tuned sweet tannin. This medium to full-bodied beauty should drink nicely for 10-15+ years.
- Robert M. Parker, Jr. (October, 2016)