Sultry Cabernet Franc 2012

Few varieties on Earth are as recognizable as Cabernet Franc with its fine texture, its mid-level depth and pungency but there are very few bottled as single varietals as we have done with Sultry.

Originally planned to use in our classic Bordeaux blends Sultry is subtle and fascinating. This heady, seductive wine obviously deserved to be bottled as a single varietal and is a great addition to our Icon Wine Collection.

On its own it's a wine with a powerful linear flavor profile but with a tender side too. Anyone who loves Cabernet Franc or a beautiful bouquet will treasure this wine.


Tasting Notes

Sultry starts with an inviting light garnet color, almost showing blue-purple in color.

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 and then comes that familiar sultry velvet nose when sweet caramel and cranberry combine with a touch of licorice and spice in an intoxicating aroma with just a hint of floral scents reminiscent of lavender and violets.

In the mouth Sultry is full and rich with its linear berry and plum flavor. Sharp in expression with a firmly structured character and spirit giving an indication of the need for bottle age and soft decanting.

Sultry finishes with a very light black cherry flavor, full, rich and satisfying and just to make things interesting, a hint of herbal and mineral notes that add a beautiful complexity to its profile.

A drop dead gorgeous wine with amazing intensity and purity of aromas Sulty is a fine-toned, red-fruited wine built on poise, not power.

Sultry drinks well now with a little decanting, but with its fantastic acidity and structure, this wine will turn into a masterpiece with a few years in the cellar so order at least three bottles, then you can try it in its youth, and later explore the wine as it matures over the coming years.


Sultry - a rich, velvety and beautiful wine that will reward you with a memorable drinking experience anytime over the next ten years.

Production Notes

No allergens were used in the making of this wine.


Winemaker Notes

A classic vintage from start to finish. Textbook conditions in 2012 saw near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool and often foggy nights during the long summer months. Late and light rains held off until our wine grapes found optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush pad and into the cellar. The abundance of perfectly ripe grapes with a smooth balance of acids and sugars provided the opportunity to cull only the most select fruit, intentionally farming to lower yields bringing only the very best grape to harvest that results in wines acclaimed for their high quality in the bottle.


Cooperage Notes

French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.


StyleRed Bordeaux
AppellationSonoma
VarietalCabernet Franc
Alcohol14.50%
Bottle750ml
Bottled2014-08-18
Drinkable2015 - 2020