The Varietal – Father of Bordeaux

Cabernet Franc is a grape variety with a rich history that dates back to ancient times. It is considered the parent of the ever-popular varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. While it is often used as a blending grape in the United States, Cabernet Franc is versatile and noteworthy, producing exceptional single vineyard wines. Its unique characteristics and rich flavor profile make it a favorite among wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike.

The Vineyard and the Wine

Sugarloaf Vineyard is planted on a hillside in the southeastern corner of the Napa Valley. Close proximity to the San Pablo Bay creates a cooler but longer growing season, perfect for lengthy hang-time and flavor development. This is balanced by the basaltic soils, which capture and hold heat, as well as the southwestern exposure to the late afternoon sunshine. These factors push the vines to ripeness and maturity.

2018 Star Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

“Brimming with fresh and dried rose petals and marigolds, typical aroma notes for Cabernet Franc. Additionally, rich aromas of black cherry, dried cranberries, and orange zest are present. The palate is silky and smooth, with rounded tannins and flavors of blueberry pie with cocoa nibs, followed by more savory notes of rosemary and dried oregano.”

In the Kitchen…

Lamb Gyro

The lamb and hummus bring out the earthiness in the Cabernet Franc, while the tzatziki helps to smooth the tannins. Bright acid, herbs, and earth in the wine coax the nuanced flavors out of every inch of this savory dish.