2015 Cabernet Franc
The vineyards at Pride Mountain Vineyards possess the ideal conditions for ripening Cabernet Franc, and this wine is always one of our most unique and special offerings. The final cuvée is dense and delicious, with flavors of plum, blueberry, blackberry, chocolate, rose and sandalwood. On the palate, it possesses Pride’s signature “unctuousness” – a roundness and opulence in the mid-palate that balances the weighty finish of our Mountain wines.
Our Cabernet Franc is planted on some of our steepest hillside terraces and slopes where the weak soils are able to adequately stress this vigorous grape variety, limiting its shoot growth and concentrating its flavors into tiny berries. While the 100% Cabernet Franc tasted delicious in barrel, we found that blending in 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot added dimension and complexity to the wine.
|Blend:||90% Cabernet Franc
7% Cabernet Sauvignon
|Release Date:||August 2017|
Vinous: March 2018
The 2015 Cabernet Franc is terrific. Deep, pliant and super-inviting. The flavors are brisk, precise and nuanced in this super-expressive, layered wine. Finesse and silkiness rather than power are the signatures. Bright red-toned fruit and floral notes give the Franc notable energy. What a gorgeous wine this is.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: October 2018
From its deep and nicely composed aromas of cassis, cherries and sweet oak to it lengthy, very like-minded flavors, Pride’s Cabernet Franc matches richness with fruity brightness and comes up a winner in terms of balance and energy. It is fairly full-bodied and slightly fleshy in feel with undisguised tannins lending welcome structural grip, but even in its youth, it stays clear of harsh astringency and impresses with its vitality and length. Three or four years of patience are highly commended here, and we have every expectation that it will grow gracefully for a good many more.
Wine Spectator: October, 2018A brilliant example of Cabernet Franc, showing intensity, density and complexity. More Cabernet Sauvignon—like than not, yet this remains complete and worth trying. Drink now through 2030. 1,080 cases made.
California Grapevine: Volume 44
Medium-dark ruby; attractive, fragrant, briary, cedary, dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with spicy notes, and hints of dried herbs and sandalwood; full body; tight, brambly, herbal, dark berry fruit flavors with good depth and concentration, and a bit of mouth-drying on the finish; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Somewhat rustic in style, and should benefit from several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.
Wine Enthusiast: Best of Year 2018
Generous in strong fruit flavors of cherry liqueur and blueberry jam, this is a full-bodied expression of the grape blended with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The tannins are powerful and opulent.