Nose

This wine is dynamic and rich, displaying aromas of black cherries, ripe currants and blackberry, layered with exotic vanilla, white pepper and sweet violets.

Palate

In the mouth this wine is fresh and expressive of its aromatic fruit profile. The texture in the mouth is soft and velvety, a bit restrained and elegant. It has a long finish, ending with touches of fruit and a warm dark chocolate element.

Growing Conditions

Oakville Ranch is the original mountain vineyard of the Oakville sub-appellation, a tiny district that produces some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated Cabernets. A place of dramatic beauty and dedication to organic farming, Oakville Ranch farms its hollows and terraces in a well-planned program of sustainability, and has crafted singular wines expressive of its distinctive terroir since 1989. Cabernet Franc is a special wine at Oakville Ranch, produced from grapes grown in the Summit 1 block, a high red volcanic ridge which yields the rich dark fruit coveted in this varietal.

Harvest

October 20, 2012

Bottling

July 24, 2014

Winemaking

Small batch fermentation, 7 days on skins

Aging

21 months in 225L French oak barrles, 50% new