Raspberry, black currant and fresh floral elements with hints of tobacco and caramel dominate the complex, perfumed nose.
Juicy, ripe fruit flavors on the palate. In the mouth, the flavors are long, supple and subtly savory, layered with sweet, ripe tannins.
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. A lush and complex wine, this Robert’s Cabernet Franc is produced each year from grapes grown in the red volcanic soil of the highest mountain vineyard blocks. A lighter, lean canopy and mild temperatures allowed for even ripening and concentration of fruit in 2014, the third year of drought.
September 12 – October 3, 2014
January 4, 2017
Two blocks picked and fermented separately in small vessels; 1 – 1.5 tons each, 12 days on skins
25 months in 225L French oak barrels, 80% new.