2013 was possibly the greatest Napa and Sonoma vintage of our era, and it is fascinating to taste what could be accomplished. We sometimes think of Cabernet Franc as the hipper, smarter cousin of Cabernet Sauvignon, providing just as much power and punch, but with more aromatics and complexity. In 2013, the stage was set for greatness. Aromatics of blueberry, black cherry, cassis, Venezuelan dark chocolate, black pepper, bay and hot stones beckon you to keep your nose in the glass. The palate is a powerhouse of flavor and authority with dense, rich, concentrated Napa flavors, but with the freshness and balance that only 2013 could achieve. The tannins are abundant but superfine, providing focus and clarity, promising a great future in the cellar.