This wine was blended entirely from an exceptional secret Napa Valley vineyard in Carneros that produces highly sought-after fruit.
Cabernet Franc and Merlot blends are an established and important variant on the classic Bordeaux blend, particularly on the Right Bank. The two varieties have complementary features: Merlot’s dark, juicy fruit is balanced by the herbal aromas and structure of Cabernet Franc. This blend is used in the prestigious Pomerol and Saint-Émilion appellations and makes some key wines – the most famous of which is undoubtedly Château Cheval Blanc.
Merlot is usually used in higher proportions in this blend, thanks to its broad appeal and higher profile than Cabernet Franc. It provides most of the fruit component, offering up flavors of mulberries, plum and dark berries. Cabernet Franc adds more perfumed fragrances, usually with a distinctive herbal note. Used in higher proportions, it may also add some tobacco-leaf and green bell-pepper characteristics.