Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley

Cabernet franc is one of the major red grapes and is principally grown for blending with Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot, but can also be vinified alone, as in the Loire's Chinon. Cabernet Franc is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, making a bright, light red wine that contributes finesse and lends a distinct perfume to blends with more robust grapes.  Records of Cabernet franc in Bordeaux go back to the end of the 18th century, although it was planted by Cardinal Richelieu at the Abbey of Bourgueil in Loire long before that time. DNA analysis indicates that Cabernet franc is one of the two parents of Cabernet sauvignon, along with Sauvignon blanc.  It is often associated with red fruit flavors and slightly vegetal aromas – attributes commonly found in underripe Cabernet sauvignon.  However, when grown in the correct location, Cabernet franc can produces wines of power and intensity.

Our Napa Valley Cabernet franc is grown on the Friedman Vineyard on Hagen Avenue in east Napa. This small, one-third acre vineyard is located on gravelly loam soils, is trellised to a vertical system and planted to Clone 1 Cabernet franc on 3309 rootstock.

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