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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc Wine Details
Price: $52.00 per bottle

Description: 2001 was clearly a most favorable year for wine in Napa and Cabernet Franc is one of our favorite grape varietals at JARVIS. Dimitri Tchelistcheff, our winemaker, considers our Cabernet Franc to be one of the best wines he produces, which makes it no surprise that this wine is one of the most sought after JARVIS wines made. Our vineyard location provides cool breezes from the San Francisco Bay, which allows our grapes a longer than usual "hang-time", and the opportunity to ripen to full perfection. The 2001 Cabernet Franc has a deep lavender brilliance in the glass which adds to the delight of the drinking experience. Nineteen months of barrel aging in new French Nevers oak adds a hint of toasty vanilla to the lush ripe fruit aromas of this wine, while a delightful combination of spicy blueberry and black cherry flavors linger elegantly throughout the finish. This charming wine can be enjoyed immediately upon release and because of its concentration of fruit and incredible structure this wine will age beautifully over the next 10 years.

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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