2018 Merryvale Cabernet Franc Napa Valley
We are privileged to work with some of the best Cabernet Franc fruit in the Napa Valley, from vineyards including our Profile Estate, Stanton and Silverado Premium Properties. Our goal is to make a Cabernet Franc that is on par with the best Cabernet Sauvignons made here. All of the fruit is hand harvested at night. Native fermentation in small lots follows a 5-day cold soak; we do two pumpovers a day until dry and then drain to 100% French oak barrels, 50% of which are new. This wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
An elegantly muscular expression of Cabernet Franc. Bright forward aromas of dark cherries, baking spices, and sage tease the nose and draw you in. On the palate the wine is lusciously textured – rich and smooth, yet powerfully structured with precise tannins and a long finish. The flavors evolve in the mouth and the glass, creating a unique experience that highlights the minerality and freshness. Bold and flavorful now, this wine will only increase in elegance over the next 10+ years A refined, exceptional expression of New World Cabernet Franc, that will age beautifully for 10+ years.