2018 The Prior Cabernet Franc

Not yet released.

  • 75% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc from Frediani Vineyard on Pickett Road
  • 35 year-old vines planted in deep volcanic gravel
  • Merlot from Shifflett Ranch
  • Cabernet Sauvignon from Kenefick Ranch
  • Aged in 100% new French Darnajou and Bossuet barrels
  • 195 cases produced from 8 barrels
Composed of 75% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Franc The Prior is deep garnet-purple in color, featuring fragrant notes of red and black plum preserves, redcurrant jelly, kirsch and underbrush with wafts of pencil lead and cinnamon stick. The medium to full-bodied palate has alluring restraint, giving up soft-spoken red fruit and earthy layers with a firm, chewy texture and bags of freshness, finishing earthy.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The Wine Advocate
November 5, 2020