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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2016 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

  • 2016

Varietal

  • 100% Cabernet Franc

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • September 13–20

Oak

  • 18 months, 22% new

Alcohol

  • 13.8%


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The Vintage

Much of our winter rain came late, with almost 12 inches in March alone. With a very warm spring, the vines were running about three weeks early heading into the summer months. July and August were cooler than average, with foggy mornings, mild sunny afternoons and no severe heat spells. Vineyard temperatures rose again in September and harvest dates were early by about two weeks. The heat in the spring and again in the fall provided welcome bookends to the mild summer. The grapes benefited from increased hang time and showed fantastic character development.

The Wine

The first scent of this wine has intriguing whiffs of red fruits, violets, and black currant. The nose further develops with an earthy spice flavor including hints of sage and mushroom. The medium-body palate continues to explode with blackberry and cherry. A silky texture and a persistent finish contain hints of dusty dark chocolate.

Food Affinities

Ideal for dishes featuring rustic and earthy flavors with rosemary or mint. Wine is best if served with ham, pork or veal featuring stone fruit sauces. It is also great with pizza and grilled steak. If you feel brave, try with fennel crusted salmon.

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



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