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The unique terroir of our rocky, higher elevation Mount Veeder estate combines a cool marine influenced climate with exceptional sun exposure to naturally develop the distinct and concentrated flavors of earth, spice and black fruits that are native to Cabernet Franc. This classic Bordeaux varietal possesses both power and poise, and contributes great intensity of flavor and earth-oriented elements to our Signature Cabernet Sauvignon each year.
Varietals: 84% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cooperage: Aged 22 months in 70% new French oak
Winemaker: Steve Devitt
Appellation: Darioush Estate Vineyards in Mount Veeder, Napa Valley and Oak Knoll
Another powerful wine from a hallmark vintage, 2013 Cabernet Franc opens with bright blueberry, blackberry and plum notes enhanced by delightfully spicy hints of chai tea, cedar and tobacco.
The wine is firm in structure, complex in flavor and hits the palate with an elegant density of fruit – all hallmarks of our mountain-side estate. True to the varietal, the wine balances concentrated, dark bramble fruits with savory earth tones of bittersweet cocoa, sage and spice box with hints of lead pencil and toasty graham cracker on the finish. This is a prime example of a sophisticated and focused Cabernet Franc hailing from the Mount Veeder AVA.
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