2021 Cabernet Franc

The 2021 Cabernet Franc embodies the best that this grape has to offer.  Parent to both merlot and cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc can be downright cantankerous if not farmed properly, but if done right, the resulting wines can be some of the most rewarding in the world.  In this cuvée, an initial hint of strawberry gives way to aromas of graphite and sunbaked river stone, all of which is framed beautifully by savory notes that include white pepper and hints of summer truffles.  Medium in acid and tannin, this wine is the perfect digestif to contemplate after a long, luxurious meal with friends, either today, or a decade down the road.

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Appellation: 53% Sonoma County
47% Napa County
Vintage: 2021
Harvest: October 2021
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 81% Cabernet Franc
19% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.2%
Bottling: April 2023
Production: 1693 cases
Release Date: August 2023
Release Price: $82.00

Reviews

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  • Antonio Galloni Vinous: The 2021 Napa Valley Cabernets, Part One (Dec 2023) - Rating: 94

    The 2021 Cabernet Franc is another terrific wine in this range from Pride. In 2021, the Franc is especially aromatic and a bit less opulent than in some recent years, an approach that brings out more varietal character. Crushed herbs, spice, dark red cherry and leather all grace this super-apprealing Franc. This is such a classy wine. 

    -By Antonio Galloni on December 2023

  • Jeb Dunnuck: Napa Valley’s 2021s and 2022s – Part 1 - Rating: 90

    The 2021 Cabernet Franc comes from equal parts Sonoma and Napa, and it's a medium-bodied, elegant Cabernet Franc offering darker cherry and redcurrant-like fruit, some earthy tobacco and underbrush notes, fine tannins, and a nicely balanced overall feel. It should have a decade of prime drinking, if not more.