Chappellet Cabernet Franc 2019
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
Striking an impeccable balance between concentration and elegance, this complex Cabernet Franc showcases how beautifully this grape expresses itself when grown on high-mountain slopes. Aromas of red currant, black cherry, graphite and black tea leap from the glass, followed by French oak-inspired notes of vanilla, cedar and clove. On the plush, silky palate the luxurious ripe berry flavors are framed by fine-grained tannins and an earthy richness, with hints of sage, coffee and cigar leaf emerging on the long, sophisticated finish.
Similarly deep purple-hued, the 2019 Cabernet Franc (78% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot) offers a kaleidoscope-like array of red, blue, and black fruits as well as spring flowers, cedarwood, and leafy herbs. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it's another rich, concentrated, yet vibrant and fresh 2019, and it's going to evolve for 20 years or more. It's a brilliant bottle of wine!
The 2019 Cabernet Franc is a good wine but it needs a ton of air for the aromatics and fruit to emerge. This is an especially inky, opulent Franc with a ton of richness and copious sweet oak. Perhaps more Franc character will emerge in time, but it's not there now.