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). Mostly Cabernet Franc, blended with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot.
Aromatically this wine is full of dark cherry, cassis, olive, and sage, as well as oak-inspired hints of vanilla, nutmeg and clove. On the palate it is supple and elegant, with plush tannins and luxurious flavors of black cherry, chocolate, graphite, cedar and roasted coffee gliding to a long, complex finish.