WINEMAKER: Janet Myers
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
BRIX AT HARVEST: 24.0° – 25.0°
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Syrah, 1% Malbec
FERMENTATION: Pre-fermentation cold soak of 4 days, total fermentation and maceration time of 22 days.
RELEASE DATE: August 2012
Appearance: Deep garnet
Aromas: Complex and vibrant aromas of red plum, anise, cherry, violets, and tobacco accentuated by notes of black currant, dried herbs, toasted oak, and cocoa.
Flavors: Elegant and supple texture on the palate make the frame for generous flavors of sweet plum and dark cherry, with notes of vanilla and mocha. Silky tannins and well-integrated structure tie together and linger in the finish.
Over three decades ago, Justin Meyer took over the winemaking at Franciscan with a highly meticulous approach. Dividing our Oakville Estate into sections, he fermented and aged each vineyard block separately to bring out the best expression of each lot, then blended the best lots together to create wines of distinction. Thus began our tradition of small lot winemaking, which we are proud to continue today.
Each vintage, we make over 200 separate lots of Bordeaux varietals, honing the blend during 18 months of barrel aging. Only the finest lots are included in each glass of Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon, to show the best of the vineyards, and the vintage.
2010 brought near-average rainfall with a few late spring rains delaying the start of ripening. The spring and summer temperatures stayed mild with only one heat spike coming in late August, which helped advance the ripening and pushing the start of harvest to about one week later than normal. The reds are deeply colored and elegantly structured with abundant dark cassis fruit, fine-grained tannins, and supple mouthfeel. Cabernet Sauvignon from our Oakville Estate started to arrive at the winery on September 29, ending on October 28.