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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2015 Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc, an essential component of the great red wine blends of France’s Bordeaux region, prospers in the ancient alluvial soils, temperate climate and long growing season of our estate vineyard.

Vintage

  • 2015

Varietal

  • 100% Cabernet Franc

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • September 4–5

Oak

  • 18 months in 40% French,
    40% Hungarian,
    20% American

Alcohol

  • 14.1%


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The Vintage

With a warm spring, the vines got off to an early start. The weather turned cool during bloom which impacted fruit set and resulted in fewer grapes per cluster. The size of the crop was further reduced as the dry soils, from a lack of late rains, led to smaller grapes. The weather was warm throughout the summer leading right into one of our earliest harvests ever. The resulting wines are fantastic as the smaller grapes and fine weather contributed ideal ripeness with very concentrated flavors.

The Wine

Intriguing nose of red fruits, violets, and black currant announces an earthy spice flavor with hints of sage and mushroom. A silky texture leads to a persistent finish with hints of dusty dark chocolate.

Food Affinities

At home with grilled seafood, smoked pork chops and barbecued steaks.

Accolades  

Robert Parker, October 2014 (v. 2012)
“Trefethen’s sexy, lush 2012 Cabernet Franc possesses attractive berry fruit intermixed with hints of blueberries and raspberries, soft tannins, medium body and a velvety texture.”

91 POINTS (v. 2008)
1st Place ~ Very Highly Recommended
“Medium ruby; attractive, spicy, cedary, cherry and red berry fruit aroma with hints of vanilla and dried herbs.” California Grapevine, February 2012

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL & BEST OF CLASS (v. 2002)
San Francisco International Wine Competition

“Highly Recommended” (v. 2001)
Top Ten Cabernet Francs
California Grapevine

92 POINTS (v. 2000)
Wine & Spirits Magazine



Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards