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Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, St. Helena Estate

Napa Valley Cabernet Franc,  St. Helena Estate Wine Details
Price: $36.00 per bottle

Description: We’ve been producing Cabernet Franc from the estate vineyards since 1986, probably one of North America’s earliest Franc programs. This vintage, is 100% Cabernet Franc and offers a pleasant combination of blackberry aromas and crisp tannins. Be sure to decant this wine if you want to drink it anytime within the next five years. It will pair well with a variety of meats and sauces. The new label depicts a romantic summer’s evening on our beautiful Napa Valley estate, part of our newest label series presenting a different season on each of our Bordeaux varietals.

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Franc:
Cabernet Franc is an accessible, spicy, herbal, dark blue grape variety that is often compared to Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannin than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Sometimes the French refer to Cabernets, which could mean either of the two grapes. Its typical aromas include an herbaceous and pronounced peppery nose, even in ripe fruit, and something eerily like tobacco. The Cabernet Franc ripens at an earlier stage, which gives it reason to exist in the Bordeaux area. In the Loire, where we find it a lot, it gives a clear red fresh and fruity wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.


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