2013 Smith Wooton Napa Valley Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc •Flinn Vineyard
California: Napa Valley: Oak Knoll District
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Today we’re proud to offer you the darkly delicious Croze 2013 Smith Wooton Napa Valley Cabernet Franc. This impressive wine had our tasting panel doing cartwheels. This wine is stunningly elegant, densely flavored and deeply aromatic.
Juicy and dark, with bold blackberry, black cherry candy, cherry bark, cedar plank, tobacco, cassis, black licorice, red licorice, dried violets, sweet tobacco leaf, dried blueberry, spice and a hint of pink peppercorn.
Rich and very hearty, with a bold flavor profile that instantly coats the palate with black cherry, black licorice, blackberry preserve, dried blueberry, smoked cherry, cherry bark, toasted oak, tar, mixed spice, cigar box and cracked pepper.
This wine hails from the Oak Knoll District of the broader Napa Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area). Oak Knoll is located within Napa Valley AVA at the southern end of the valley floor. The appellation’s close proximity to San Pablo Bay results in a climate that is cooler and more moderate than any region in Napa Valley - other than the Los Carneros AVA , where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive.
The Oak Knoll AVA has more area under vine than any other wholly contained appellation within the Napa Valley. The district is planted largely to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay. Oak Knoll was officially designated an appellation within the Napa Valley AVA on April 26, 2004.
We offer you this thrilling, delicious wine with our strongest recommendation.
Drink now or hold until 2024.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
95-96 points - Brian Whitaker, Sommelier - “Exceptionally beautiful aromas of dark fruits, leather, and spice. Baked plum, cherries, raspberries, lavender, caramel and mocha. Seemingly more polished and superior to most 13’s. Recommended pairing: Smoked Brisket”
93+ pts - Chris Stanley, Certified Sommelier - “The newly released 2013 Smith-Wooton Cabernet Franc is another marvel from Daniel Benton. Dark cherry, plum, leather, earth, spice, mint, and eucalyptus.
The 30 month barrel age is quite extensive and leaves a signature style; big, bold, and full of spice! Firm structure, size, weight, and showing high level of meaty dry tannins. Monstrous!”
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Inky, dark and dense crimson, with a nearly black heart. Ropey legs move very slowly down the glass wall after a good swirl.
Bold blackberry, black cherry candy, cherry bark, cedar plank, tobacco, cassis, black licorice, red licorice, dried violets, sweet tobacco leaf, dried blueberry, spice and a hint of pink peppercorn.
Black cherry, black licorice, blackberry preserve, dried blueberry, smoked cherry, cherry bark, toasted oak, tar, mixed spice, cigar box and cracked pepper.
Plush and ripe with chewy medium tannins. Dark fruit flavors slowly give way to spice and woodsy notes at the very end.
Franc is flexible and so compatible with a wide range of pairing choices. This is a bolder style of Franc, so think grilled meats with this lovely wine.
What the Winery Says
- Daniel Benton
- Cabernet Franc
- Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District
- Harvest Date
- October 22, 2013
- 30 months
- French oak
- 260 cases