Sultry Cabernet Franc is a limited production single-varietal wine from a single Napa Valley vineyard.
Few varieties on earth are as recognizable as Cabernet Franc with its fine texture, its mid-level depth and pungency but only a handful are bottled as a single-vineyard, single-varietal as we have done with Sultry.
The sultry aroma of our Cabernet Franc is an elegant balance between fruit and austerity, approachability and complexity somewhat like a lighter Cabernet Sauvignon but without the heavy tannins.
The nose is stunning! It has style and an abundance of sultry elegance presented in a seductive fashion with an exotic roasted nut and dark fruit character.
A fabulous palate, surprisingly approachable because it is so elegant and balanced with rich, rounded dark fruits and mineral notes while ripe, supple tannins underpin the entire taste experience.
- Serving Temperature: 60°F- 65°F
- Glass Type: Riedel - Bordeaux
- Decant: 30 minutes
Cabernet Franc is believed to have been established in southwest France sometime in the 17th century when Cardinal Richelieu transported cuttings of the vine to the Loire Valley. They were planted at the Abbey of Bourgueil under the care of an abbot named Breton.
Originally planted in our Estate vineyards to blend into our Bordeaux program the Cabernet Franc quickly showed that it deserved its own label.
Its unique personality has resulted in a strong group of followers and so the wine will remain in our lineup for the long term. In recent times we have brought a new Cabernet Franc vineyard on line but this wine is destined to always be in short supply.
Sultry ~ passionately warm ~ exciting strong sensual desire. Sultry was the word that occurred when Bill first smelled the Cabernet Franc. Known for its great aroma this wine is truly sensual and sultry in nature.
Franc ~ The name Franc may well refer to the Frankish people who established the most powerful Christian kingdom of early medieval western Europe. Cabernet Franc has other names like Bouchet most commonly used in Bordeaux which around the same time was occupied by the Basque people.
Pronunciation: Cab-err-nay fronk