Nose

Aromas are blueberry jam, blackberry, vanilla and toast.

Palate

At first it seems Cab-like across the flavor profile but changes mid-palate with lifted notes unique to Cab Franc. The wine is compressed with moderate dusty tannins, good acidity, and clean finish.

Growing Conditions

The Paradigm vineyard lies between the Yountville Hill and the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains. At Paradigm, in addition to our 38 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon are 10 acres of Merlot, 2 acres of Cabernet Franc, 1.5 acres of Zinfandel and 1 acre of Petit Verdot. Cab Franc fans will love this! Fully ripe Cabernet Franc with none of the apparent greenness that can turn up in this variety. Only black and red fruit characters here which is a credit to our vineyard manager, Fernando Diaz.

Aging

Aged in French Oak barrels for twenty months.

Appearance

The Cabernet Franc is very dark purplish black in color.