This Cabernet Franc exhibits a bold structure that demands attention. The initial notes of ripe strawberry and cherry offer a luscious sweetness, balanced by an earthly undertone that adds complexity. Hints of clove emerge, providing a warm and spicy dimension. This wine's complexity is beautifully layered and offers a lengthy finish.
These vines are planted on our rockiest vineyard location off of Maple Lane. The Pocai Vineyard is in one of the warmest locations in the Napa Valley, and it is ideal for ripening Cabernet Franc.
Our ranch is perfectly suited to Cabernet Franc. The tannins are mature and the flavors well-developed by the time we pick. Aged in 50% new oak, the wine is given ample time for the tannins to combine and the palate to gain weight and structure. Only French Oak is used to accent the spiciness of the wine, build middle palate structure, and subtly add to the aromatics.
The 2021 vintage will be remembered for low yields with intensely-flavored, small-sized berries and a smooth and uneventful harvest season. The season started off with very little rain, leading to the 2nd year of drought conditions in Napa Valley, Harvest began early. While concerning in the long term, the drought of 2021 resulted in a more natural load on the vines, requiring less pruning and dropping of fruit. The resulting grapes are packed full of flavor. Smaller yields per vine and smaller berry size will result in another amazing vintage from Napa Valley
92% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot