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The Falstaff Napa Valley Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.3181 ratings
9.427 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Hard Cheese, Blue Cheese, Pungent Cheese, Herbs, Salami & Prosciutto, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Turkey, Duck
Top Notes For
Mike R
9.5

I know this is a 2011 but omg this cab franc dominant blend is special

I think my mother mix cab franc with my milk when I was sucking on a bottle - no other explanation for my attraction šŸ˜‚

I know this is a 2011 but omg this cab franc dominant blend is special

I think my mother mix cab franc with my milk when I was sucking on a bottle - no other explanation for my attraction šŸ˜‚

Aug 29th, 2020
Roy Goble

My favorite cab franc

My favorite cab franc

Apr 13th, 2020
Roy Goble

Iā€™m not a big Cab Franc fan but Falstaff could change my opinion

Iā€™m not a big Cab Franc fan but Falstaff could change my opinion

Jan 1st, 2020
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Rich dense and still very young. Just a whiff of tertiary notes. Alcohol is a bit high though.

Rich dense and still very young. Just a whiff of tertiary notes. Alcohol is a bit high though.

Aug 5th, 2019
Roy Goble

Split decision on this; some of us loved it but some were disappointed

Split decision on this; some of us loved it but some were disappointed

May 6th, 2019
Shay A
9.4

Drinking so well and was improving the longer it was open. So fragrant and aromatic...crushed potpourri, cherry pipe tobacco and baked blackberry pie. Dusty on the palate and still youthful. Dark cocoa dusted dates, roasted plum, blackberry and raspberry pie with strong acidity and tannin. A great drinking window. Thanks @Keith Fisher

Drinking so well and was improving the longer it was open. So fragrant and aromatic...crushed potpourri, cherry pipe tobacco and baked blackberry pie. Dusty on the palate and still youthful. Dark cocoa dusted dates, roasted plum, blackberry and raspberry pie with strong acidity and tannin. A great drinking window. Thanks @Keith Fisher

Apr 6th, 2019
Connor McMahon

Awesome separation from the cabs. The is pretty, lean, and lengthy. Cab Franc is AWESOME!

Awesome separation from the cabs. The is pretty, lean, and lengthy. Cab Franc is AWESOME!

Jun 17th, 2018
Mike R
9.4

Great cab franc

Great cab franc

Apr 24th, 2018
David L

07' - at Portola Valley, CA

07' - at Portola Valley, CA

Oct 14th, 2017
Carl Fischer

Gobs of blue fruit on the nose, leather, and smoke. The palate brings a decent dose of tongue-drying tannins at this stage. Blue fruit has a strong presence on the palate and for being Cab Franc dominate, the wine lacks any olive/pepper/savory profile. Medium bodied. I think with a few years nap, this wine will shine. But I still prefer the Bard over this and the Tempest.

Gobs of blue fruit on the nose, leather, and smoke. The palate brings a decent dose of tongue-drying tannins at this stage. Blue fruit has a strong presence on the palate and for being Cab Franc dominate, the wine lacks any olive/pepper/savory profile. Medium bodied. I think with a few years nap, this wine will shine. But I still prefer the Bard over this and the Tempest.

Sep 1st, 2017