Seductive aromas of ripe black fruits and cherry compote animate the bouquet, accented by enticing scents of freshly-picked violets, garden sage and green peppercorn. A spicy herbal kick and fresh tobacco leaves add a distinctive tone to the nose, unique among Napa wines.
The palate possesses similar flavors but wrapped in a stylishly bold texture that fills every corner of the mouth with layers of rich, sweet fruit and luscious acidity. Finishing long and deep with a prolonged essence of black licorice and espresso, the wine is a feast for the senses. Savory and sultry yet fresh and pure, the 2008 Cab Franc offers what Stéphane calls a “gastronomique” experience – the complex and diverse flavors of a great meal, present all at once in a single glass