Cabernet Franc

Detert Family Vineyards

East Block Cabernet Franc 2016

Shay A
9.6

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Here is the other wine that I claimed may have been the red wine of the trip, and also may have been one of the top winery visits of the trip! Loved tasting in the family home and hearing the connecting stories between them and the Macdonalds. I’ll forever be grateful that
@Carl Fischer introduced me to Detert years ago, and he helped make an intro so that I could visit this time around.

Monster! This is like the normal cab franc but with everything turned up to 11. However, because it’s cab franc, the elevated profile isn’t overwhelmingly fruit forward...it just makes it so floral. Potpourri, violets, jasmine accompanied by herbal spice, black tea, mulberries, dark chocolate and cedar. Zero trace of green pepper. Very vineyard loyal. As old vine To Kalon cab franc, this has classic To Kalon power with currant, graphite, vibrant black cherries, clay/dirt, red, blue and black berries with skyscraper like structure and profile. Very fine grained tannins. This is an astounding cab franc.
— 4 days ago

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Sweet. Totally want to get to this place.

Philippe Alliet

Chinon Cabernet Franc 2018

Pop and pour. A marvelous dark reddish/purple color. On the nose: red fruit, grass, bell peppers and smoke. Taste: sour cherry, crushed rocks, with a musky smokey medium finish. Good acidity, fresh, light tannin medium body wine....going great with the Neapolitan style wood fired pizza in San Francisco! — 6 days ago

Brenda Terzich-Garland
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Vineyard 29

The Essentials 29 Estate Cabernet Franc 2012

Smooth as silk, give it some air for the nose to open up
Winery notes, Our small cabernet franc vineyard is the most easily viewed block from the terrace of the winery, on a northwest-facing slope along the southern edge of the 29 North Estate. We planted our cabernet franc vines in 2000 and have enjoyed watching and tasting their amazing development year over year.
The nearly textbook conditions of 2012 presented very few challenges starting this almost ideal growing season with a mild spring, healthy bud break, steady flowering and even fruit set. Summer ushered in warm days and cool, frequently foggy, nights; fall had beautiful warm temperatures, with very few heat spikes. The bountiful fruit enjoyed long, slow ripening resulting in highly developed and expressive flavors. Light rainfall arrived after we had harvested optimally ripe fruit. The 2012 vintage is marked by wines of exceptional balance, captivating aromatics and are succulent on the palate. Immensely enjoyable in their youth, these wines are cellar-worthy and will gratify for the long term.
Our 2012 Cabernet Franc is loaded with rich and seductive aromas of cedar, clove, allspice and ripe blackberries. On the palate, creamy vanilla and seductive hints of oak are supported by velvety tannins and a pleasing lift of bright acidity. The balanced, welcoming structure of this wine allows it to be paired with even the most delicate dishes. We love roasted sea scallops or duck with dried cherries. Our Franc is beautifully expressive and approachable with a long and balanced finish to be enjoyed now and for the next 6 to 8 years.
Cases Produced: 296 Retail Price: $140 ~ 750ml
— 17 days ago

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Detert Family Vineyards

Oakville Cabernet Franc 2016

Shay A
9.4

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Here is the other wine that I claimed may have been the red wine of the trip, and also may have been one of the top winery visits of the trip! Loved tasting in the family home and hearing the connecting stories between them and the Macdonalds. I’ll forever be grateful that Carl Fischer introduced me to Detert years ago, and he helped make an intro so that I could visit this time around.

It was a true treat to try this next to the East Block. There is a fresh factor here that stands out. More of an herbal component is able to come out and pairs beautifully with dusty/chalky tannins. A mix of ripe red and black fruits, smoked cedar, tobacco and black tea are present here with a blend of baking and herbal spices. I’d hold this for a few years. All the stuffing to be even better than it is now. We were also able to taste the 2008 and it is in its prime! Buy it!
— 4 days ago

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Hourglass

Blueline Estate Cabernet Franc 2017

Shay A
9.4

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

We returned to Hourglass after our visit in 2018 as the wines are just so enjoyable, but the tasting cave may be one of the coolest spots to enjoy a glass of wine.

Tied for my favorite of the lineup. I’ve never gotten as much smoked meat on a cab franc as I have here. Loved it! Not vegetal or green at all. More spice and lift to it than the cabs or merlot, but the flavor profile was similar. Dark berries, espresso, graphite and high percentage dark chocolate. Big structure. Delicious!
— 5 days ago

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Kimberly Anderson

Kimberly Anderson

Jeff and Christine are so cool! Great wines and great people!

Domaine Bernard Baudry

La Croix Boissée Chinon Cabernet Franc 2013

Brett city at first, but blew off with time and became more floral, herbal and pleasant. Smoked cherry, concentrated dark fruit, black pepper, green bell pepper, graphite, tobacco. Nice acidity. Supple, slightly chalky tannins.
Enjoyed with ash rind goat cheese from the Loire, homemade mushroom pate and thin mints. Believe it or not, the final pairing actually worked.
— 10 days ago

Maura Passanisi
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Benoit Courault

Les Tabeneaux Anjou Cabernet Franc 2018

Stinky af- strong cowpie that mostly blew off by the end of the glass. Good stuff underneath. Silky with more fruit, like a mouthful of black raspberries and red currants. Savory/brothy finish and a whiff of pine and cab franc spice. — 13 days ago

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Savage Grace Wines

Red Willow Vineyard Cru Carbonic Cabernet Franc 2018

Purple to ruby red in color, medium pigment extraction, very good clarity. Cherry and perfumed floral notes in nose with a hint of prune. Vanilla-mint flavor followed by red fruit and black pepper flavors, moderate skin astringency, good amount of seed tannin bitterness on first pour. First time I can remember trying a Cabernet Franc that’s gone through carbonic maceration. Stylistically austere, tight, interesting mix of acids while main flavors initially seem to be from the carbonic maceration. After 40 minutes, more fruit flavors emerge with aeration - cherry with some raspberry and cranberry. Bought at tasting room. This is also the first wine I’ve opened at my new flat in Bothell WA — 4 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Nice review and all the best in your new flat.🏘
David Shaw

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Thanks, lots to unpack and organize over next several weeks

Falesco

Marciliano Rosso Umbria Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2013

How do you say Bordeaux in Italian? A brooding dark purple with thin edges and a bright, fresh nose. The Franc shows it’s hand prominently here with some green bell pepper, moist earth, and smoke. Fresh red berries and dried herbs come to play, as well. This is an outrageously fun wine. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from Umbria? It may sound odd but it certainly works. This Superumbrian is full bodied and rich on the tongue with just the right amount of acidity. Plenty of oak on the palate but it’s well integrated because Italians know what they’re doing. Vanilla, chocolate, and red cherries are predominant, along with tobacco, mint, leather and lace. Go find this immediately and don’t worry too much about age, it’s brilliant. — 8 days ago

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Browne Family Vineyards

Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc 2016

This is Is it very nice Cabernet Franc from Columbia Valley. Showing blue and red fruits, oak, licorice, chocolates, spices, light vegetables, bell pepper and peppercorn.

Medium-plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate and smooth.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle, and becomes earthier as it opens up (1 hour).

I had it blind and called Washington State Merlot 2017. I was a little off.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

13.4% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$37.
— 12 days ago

Eric, Kirk and 15 others liked this
Sharon B

Sharon B

This is a good Cab Franc!