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Bates Ranch Cabernet Franc

9.112 ratings
9.16 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Franc
Top Notes For
Dustin Soiseth

Sales Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

9.5

Dexter had a way with this Bates Ranch fruit. Ripe but not overripe red/blackberry fruit with good acidity and zing. Fine tannins and chalky. Old barriques, unfined and unfiltered, and usually around 12.5% abv (13.2 in 07). The wine always had a note of Santa Cruz Mtn chaparral on the nose. A vaguely cinnamon-esque note, like coast oaks and manzanita in the summer. Dexter fermented in open bins behind his house, and I like to think that the fermenting juice soaked up the aromas of the forest. One of my all time favorite wines.

Dexter had a way with this Bates Ranch fruit. Ripe but not overripe red/blackberry fruit with good acidity and zing. Fine tannins and chalky. Old barriques, unfined and unfiltered, and usually around 12.5% abv (13.2 in 07). The wine always had a note of Santa Cruz Mtn chaparral on the nose. A vaguely cinnamon-esque note, like coast oaks and manzanita in the summer. Dexter fermented in open bins behind his house, and I like to think that the fermenting juice soaked up the aromas of the forest. One of my all time favorite wines.

1 person found it helpfulMar 31st, 2016
Archie Mega

40ish yr old cab franc vines.

40ish yr old cab franc vines.

Nov 14th, 2013
Jeff Mcanally

2003 ......Amazing

2003 ......Amazing

Jun 6th, 2015
Uli Klumpp

Yes, Cab Franc (almost) on its own can be very enjoyable, and age very well. Close to 22 years and still light, fresh, and herbaceous. Winemaker's Comments: 75% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, Bates Ranch. Spicy, fruity, vanilla bouquet. Rich, round, mouthfilling. Unfined and unfiltered. 126 cases produced. Bottled April, 1995.

Yes, Cab Franc (almost) on its own can be very enjoyable, and age very well. Close to 22 years and still light, fresh, and herbaceous. Winemaker's Comments: 75% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, Bates Ranch. Spicy, fruity, vanilla bouquet. Rich, round, mouthfilling. Unfined and unfiltered. 126 cases produced. Bottled April, 1995.

Mar 9th, 2015
Uli Klumpp

Another fine SCM Cab Franc specimen - liked it as much as the 1993. Tasted on two occasions almost two years apart, no signs of exhaustion yet.
Winemaker's Comments: 75% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, Bates Ranch. Raspberry fruit bouquet with black pepper undertones. Rich, elegant, complex. Round balance, lingering finish. Aged in 50 gal. American oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. Only 56 cases produced. Bottled March 1994.

Another fine SCM Cab Franc specimen - liked it as much as the 1993. Tasted on two occasions almost two years apart, no signs of exhaustion yet.
Winemaker's Comments: 75% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, Bates Ranch. Raspberry fruit bouquet with black pepper undertones. Rich, elegant, complex. Round balance, lingering finish. Aged in 50 gal. American oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. Only 56 cases produced. Bottled March 1994.

Nov 29th, 2014
Eric Miller

The tannins have softened quite a bit. Cooked plums and spices dominate. Damn.

The tannins have softened quite a bit. Cooked plums and spices dominate. Damn.

Sep 28th, 2014
Aimee Duell

Aimee had this 4 years ago

Aimee had this 4 years ago

Oct 17th, 2014
Will Brajnikoff

Sommelier Chai Consulting

9.6

Will had this 5 years ago

Will had this 5 years ago

Nov 14th, 2013
Will Brajnikoff

Sommelier Chai Consulting

8.7

Will had this 6 years ago

Will had this 6 years ago

Dec 11th, 2012
Will Brajnikoff

Sommelier Chai Consulting

8.7

Will had this 6 years ago

Will had this 6 years ago

Dec 11th, 2012