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2018 CHAPPELLET – CABERNET FRANC (750ML)
ORIGIN | Napa Valley, CA
ABOUT THE WINE | The Chappellet Cabernet Franc is a traditional Bordeaux blend with Cabernet Franc at its base. This variety thrives on the hill’s volcanic soils, where conditions are ideal for developing ripe, concentrated flavors. The wine was bottled after spending 22 months in French Oak barrels (60% new).
ABOUT THE WINEMAKER | For more than four decades, the Chappellet family has been crafting world-class wines from fruit cultivated on the steep, rocky slopes of Napa Valley’s renowned Pritchard Hill. As one of the first wineries to pioneer high-elevation hillside planting, and one of the few remaining great family-owned Napa Valley wineries, Chappellet Vineyard and Winery has influenced generations of vintners. Throughout its history, Chappellet has also established an enduring legacy as one of California’s most acclaimed producers of Cabernet Sauvignon.
TASTING NOTES | Striking an impeccable balance between concentration and elegance, this rich and complex Cabernet Franc showcases how beautifully this grape expresses itself when grown on high-mountain slopes. The nose offers gorgeous aromas of red currant, black cherry, smokey tea, thyme and graphite, with hints of vanilla and clove from aging in French oak. On the plush, mouthcoating palate, silky tannins and a saturated texture frame the generous ripe berry flavors, with notes of earthy richness, sage and roasted coffee lingering throughout a long voluptuous finish.
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