Wm. Harrison Vineyards & Winery (William Harrison)

Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

9.263 ratings
9.111 pro ratings
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Franc
Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Hard Cheese, Blue Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Potato, White Rice, Herbs, Tomato-Based, Pasta, Mushrooms, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Lamb, Turkey, Pork, Duck, Venison
Top Notes For
Sara Bunting

Brought this to Tim's 1-2 mths ago. Drinking the other bottle at home now. Full but not fruity. Good spice.

Brought this to Tim's 1-2 mths ago. Drinking the other bottle at home now. Full but not fruity. Good spice.

1 person found it helpfulDec 1st, 2013
Jordan Gianelli

Wish I would've showed a little more self control and opened this guy in 2020. Darker side of fruit for most Napa Cab Francs that I run into and this wine was a little rough around the edges, which I welcomed because I sip on well behaved wines very frequently. Dark fruits and a solid sentencing of oak make this wine fall into the category of big, but not burly. Beyond is unique representation of the varietal, its a welcomed interpretation.

Wish I would've showed a little more self control and opened this guy in 2020. Darker side of fruit for most Napa Cab Francs that I run into and this wine was a little rough around the edges, which I welcomed because I sip on well behaved wines very frequently. Dark fruits and a solid sentencing of oak make this wine fall into the category of big, but not burly. Beyond is unique representation of the varietal, its a welcomed interpretation.

Dec 14th, 2014
Adam Jesberger

Upon opening i felt it had too much alcohol. This was a misperception. After giving it a half an hour to breathe it balanced out very well. The nose is heavy black currant and bell pepper with creamy vanilla lingering. Great fruit in here lots of over ripe stewed blackberry and dried black currant and dark cherry notes. Slightly smokey with amazing oak flavors. Cinnamon and other baking spices with intense vanilla flavors. Excellent effort.

Upon opening i felt it had too much alcohol. This was a misperception. After giving it a half an hour to breathe it balanced out very well. The nose is heavy black currant and bell pepper with creamy vanilla lingering. Great fruit in here lots of over ripe stewed blackberry and dried black currant and dark cherry notes. Slightly smokey with amazing oak flavors. Cinnamon and other baking spices with intense vanilla flavors. Excellent effort.

Jun 26th, 2014
Peter J.

2407

2407

May 5th, 2014
Shay A
9.3

@Mark Flesher and I did a quick side by side tasting of two 2014 Napa Valley Cab francs tonight and it’s always such a joy to try wines side by side that are the same in one respect, but can differ so greatly!

I opened a bottle of ‘14 Arnyca Cab Franc (I’ve posted a few times, so no need for me to be redundant, but it’s a killer bottle of Cab Franc) while Mark opened this. At pop and pour (and throughout the hour) where the Arnyca was lush and approachable, this had a volcanic type back end note and was very tannic. The fruit was still there, but it was a bit more complex due to the earthy type note. This continued on the palate with a more spicy/peppercorn finish. Changed in the glass quite a bit. This has all the stuffing of a great cab franc (fruit notes of rhubarb, blackberries, and plum, cherry spice, and an herbal/earthy finish) as well as structure and age ability. This is without a doubt the best sub $60 Cab Franc I’ve ever had. 9.3 score, but 9.4 would have happened with more air. Expect this to be 9.5 with 5-7 yrs of age.

@Mark Flesher and I did a quick side by side tasting of two 2014 Napa Valley Cab francs tonight and it’s always such a joy to try wines side by side that are the same in one respect, but can differ so greatly!

I opened a bottle of ‘14 Arnyca Cab Franc (I’ve posted a few times, so no need for me to be redundant, but it’s a killer bottle of Cab Franc) while Mark opened this. At pop and pour (and throughout the hour) where the Arnyca was lush and approachable, this had a volcanic type back end note and was very tannic. The fruit was still there, but it was a bit more complex due to the earthy type note. This continued on the palate with a more spicy/peppercorn finish. Changed in the glass quite a bit. This has all the stuffing of a great cab franc (fruit notes of rhubarb, blackberries, and plum, cherry spice, and an herbal/earthy finish) as well as structure and age ability. This is without a doubt the best sub $60 Cab Franc I’ve ever had. 9.3 score, but 9.4 would have happened with more air. Expect this to be 9.5 with 5-7 yrs of age.

Feb 9th, 2018
Mark Flesher

This wine is a solid 95 even still, and has 96 potential in the next year when it will be a pop and pour wine. This is a hawthorne and jasmine, purple, black and blue fruit, earth and brambly cabernet franc that takes no prisoners. A full bodied wine from start to finish, this one has a nose of wildflowers, blueberry and brambleberry. The entry is dark, full bodied, still a touch acidic and a touch sweet with a blue/black/purple dark entry, giving way to a touch of petrol in the middle. Darker finish actually, dusty black fig and blackberry with a hint of fruitcake spice. Still a bit tannic as well when served PNP, but backed off after 30 minutes in the glass (enjoyed via Coravin). Still has 5-7 years left -- immense structure to this wine.

This wine is a solid 95 even still, and has 96 potential in the next year when it will be a pop and pour wine. This is a hawthorne and jasmine, purple, black and blue fruit, earth and brambly cabernet franc that takes no prisoners. A full bodied wine from start to finish, this one has a nose of wildflowers, blueberry and brambleberry. The entry is dark, full bodied, still a touch acidic and a touch sweet with a blue/black/purple dark entry, giving way to a touch of petrol in the middle. Darker finish actually, dusty black fig and blackberry with a hint of fruitcake spice. Still a bit tannic as well when served PNP, but backed off after 30 minutes in the glass (enjoyed via Coravin). Still has 5-7 years left -- immense structure to this wine.

Feb 2nd, 2018
Matt Morrison

Good body, aromas of cranberry and licorice. Nice pepper spiciness, wine tastes mature. A little sting on the finish but very drinkable, would recommend and have it again.

Good body, aromas of cranberry and licorice. Nice pepper spiciness, wine tastes mature. A little sting on the finish but very drinkable, would recommend and have it again.

Dec 3rd, 2017
Jason Oliver

Scored this for 30 bucks. Success. I don't know if I'd rush to buy at the 60 dollar pricepoint. Not enough complexity. Actually have been digging 3 day old murrieta's well cab franc next to it

Scored this for 30 bucks. Success. I don't know if I'd rush to buy at the 60 dollar pricepoint. Not enough complexity. Actually have been digging 3 day old murrieta's well cab franc next to it

Apr 12th, 2017
Mark Flesher

Love this producer. What a great family owned Winery that sticks to the basics of making damn good wine! Is this the best Cabernet Franc I've ever had from Napa? Well, that depends. I do know that they are just about the most consistent Cabernet Franc producer I have had from Napa. To me this variety can vary from year to year quite significantly, and sometimes the variation between producers makes you wonder if there is any hanky-panky going on. Not with them and Cabernet Franc. They understand these grapes, and it shows. A big wine, but not so fruit forward or jammy. Lots of floral here, but then the wine from that point onward is darker for sure. Chocolate, licorice, black cherry. This wine makes you think about everything that is here, and you get a little something different every time. Finishes dark, and right now also very tannic. This one has quite a bit of life left ahead.

Love this producer. What a great family owned Winery that sticks to the basics of making damn good wine! Is this the best Cabernet Franc I've ever had from Napa? Well, that depends. I do know that they are just about the most consistent Cabernet Franc producer I have had from Napa. To me this variety can vary from year to year quite significantly, and sometimes the variation between producers makes you wonder if there is any hanky-panky going on. Not with them and Cabernet Franc. They understand these grapes, and it shows. A big wine, but not so fruit forward or jammy. Lots of floral here, but then the wine from that point onward is darker for sure. Chocolate, licorice, black cherry. This wine makes you think about everything that is here, and you get a little something different every time. Finishes dark, and right now also very tannic. This one has quite a bit of life left ahead.

Mar 12th, 2017
Michael Seely

It continues

It continues

Jan 29th, 2017