Sodaro Estate Winery
2009 Limited Edition Napa Valley Felicity Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc •Sodaro Estate
California: Coombsville (Napa)
The Gold Standard
When Agent Red tasted today’s Sodaro Estate Winery 2009 Limited Edition Napa Valley Felicity Cabernet Franc, he had to secure some for our Operatives. When he learned that the limited-production wine had not been released, he just had to have it all.
We are thrilled (and very proud) to be the only source in the world for today’s complex, rich, dark and very delicious Cabernet Franc. The wine is a treat right out of the bottle, but it is after some hearty swirling that it really springs to life. We recommend this sort of vigorous treatment, or an hour of decanting, to get the most out of this fantastic wine.
Cabernet Franc is the most food friendly red wine varietal of all, and we believe that this wine would be a treat with everything from lightly seasoned chicken or pork dishes to more robust beef dishes like a pepper rubbed t-bone or a nice fatty prime rib with plenty of horseradish.
Enjoy now, but be sure to cellar a few bottles. This wine will get better and better over the next 7 to 10 years.
Nearly perfectly diffuse garnet from core to edge, with just a subtle lightening at the rim.
A classic Cabernet Franc on the nose, with smoky blackberry and plum overlapping green olive, fresh bell pepper, sweet tobacco leaf, and a touch of sweet floral notes.
Bright and complex, with luxurious balance. Reduced fruit of black cherry, plum, and blackcurrant mingle with saddle leather, fresh spring garden, tobacco, espresso bean, black pepper, sage, rosemary, and hint of lavender.
Long and lasting, with a bright acidity and a bit of smokiness on the very end of the palate.
Moroccan-style braised beef with carrots and couscous.
What the Winery Says
The 2009 growing season was mild-mannered in comparison to past recent years with little to no frost. Rainfall was wall timed yet lighter than normal. Bloom and fruit set occurred in a relatively condensed time period which contributed to even ripeness and ample supply. Harvest was late and generous, yielding superb quality fruit in ideal conditions.
A parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, a stand-alone Cabernet Franc is a rare find. Dark plum in appearance with pronounced aromas of raspberries and spice. This wine has a pleasant intensity of dark berry flavors which are complimented by nuanced hints of vanilla and oak. A lingering spice accents a smooth, thoughtful finish.
- Bill and Dawnine Dyer
- 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
- Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
- 22 months in French oak
About the Winery
Evolution—the exact word that describes our efforts at Sodaro Estate Winery and that of 13,000 of the finest vines planted in one of the best wine growing soils and climates in the world. As you can see by the dictionary definition, evolution is a gradual process. This is particularly true in wine making; a process that takes years.