Cabernet Franc has long been the favorite grape varietal of William Jarvis. He believes that it grows exceptionally well in the Napa Valley and is particularly suited to the Jarvis cool climate vineyards. This versatile grape is used as a blending element of our flagship Lake William Blend and the principle ingredient of the Science Project wine. It is bottled also as a varietal wine. The Jarvis Cabernet Franc is barrel aged a minimum of 19 months in 100% new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
This 2011 vintage is a blend of 95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and is one of the pride and joys of our Winemaking Consultant, Dimitri Tchelistcheff, making this a much sought after varietal. Herb and spice aromas with soft plum undertones lead you to fresh fruit flavors of blackberry and blueberry.
Aging twenty-three months in new French Nevers oak barrels added hints of toasty oak and vanilla to the berry and floral aromas of this wine. Having been cave aged, this wine was released when our winemaker felt it was ready for full enjoyment.