2014 The Prior Cabernet Franc

The Prior, in our minds, has always been our paean to a mythical creature: Cabernet Franc in the style of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, unfolding it’s ripe-fruited character in waves of aromatic minerality, powerful fruit and rich depth. In 2014, a warm year in Napa Valley, these nearly dry-farmed vines planted in gravelly volcanic alluvial deposits at the Frediani Vineyard have provided just that. Aromatics of dark cherry, raspberry confiture, talc, hot stones, vanilla-laced cookie and bbq spice fill the glass. When the palate hits you, it is with a powerful impression of structure and rich density, mouthcoating sweet fruit and lush tannins.

  • 100% Chardonnay
  • Old Wente Clone Chardonnay
  • Barrel-fermented and aged in 44% new French Oak.
  • From the Dutton Ranch near Occidental
  • 8 and a half barrels yielded 205 cases

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