Vinous Chappellet Winery, 2013 Chappellet Cabernet Franc
"The 2013 Cabernet Franc is a super-distinctive wine. Powerful, deep and succulent, the 2013 exudes personality. The Chappellet Cabernet Franc is probably best described as a red blend given the high percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Inky blue/purplish fruit, lavender, menthol, sage and spice are nicely pushed forward. This is an unusually supple 2013 that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Silky tannins give the wine its finesse. This is a beautiful wine from Chappellet." –Feb-17
78% Cabernet Franc
12% Cabernet Sauvignon
The Chappellet Cabernet Franc is a traditional Bordeaux blend with Cabernet Franc at its base. The original vines were planted in 1989, making Cabernet Franc a relatively new addition to Pritchard Hill. 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).
With temperatures that were neither too hot, nor too cold, and with no threat of rain or heat events near harvest, the 2013 vintage achieved ideal ripeness, while still preserving excellent acidity.