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.
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 our Napa micro climate 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-two months in new French Nevers 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 not released until our winemaker feels it is ready for full enjoyment. Best to consume within ten years.