Jarvis Estate Grown Cabernet Franc 2014, Napa Valley, California

Often known as a blending wine, the Cabernet Franc with its delightful lavender color tends to be overlooked as the wonderfully food-friendly wine that it is. The Cabernet Franc vine does particularly well in the Napa micro-climate, making this a much sought-after varietal. Herb and spice aromas with soft plum undertones lead to fresh fruit flavors of blackberry and blueberry. Aging 22 months in new French oak barrels added hints of toasty oak and vanilla to the berry and floral aromas of this wine. This wine is aged in the Jarvis caves and is not released until the winemaker feels it is ready for full enjoyment. The grapes for all Jarvis wines are grown in their own hillside vineyards, which were originally planted in 1985. The winery and vineyards are located in the Vaca Mountains of Napa, about 1,000 feet above the valley floor, just 4 miles east of the city of Napa. The cool mountain growing region provides moderate temperatures for optimum ripening of the grapes.