2017 - Cabernet Franc

Located east of Napa, our Mt. George Vineyard in Coombsville is the site of one of the first grape plantings in the valley in the 19th century. It was purchased by the Miller family in 1988, with current plantings from 1989. The deep soils derived from volcanic shale and tufa yield Cabernet Franc with aromas of perfumed fruit and fresh herbs and an elegant palette of refined tannin.

Cabernet Franc
Vintage Notes Every vintage tells a story and Napa Valley’s 2017 is no exception. From abundant winter rains to cool spring weather, warm summer temperatures and October’s wildfires, this vintage may be more memorable than most. Plentiful winter rains helped refresh our groundwater and the vines and led to a cool, mild spring. An unusual hailstorm in early June had little effect on the overall crop. Due in part to these warmer temperatures, 90% of Napa Valley’s grape tonnage was harvested before the wine country wildfires started on October 8. Although the fires were a terrible human tragedy, taking lives and destroying property, the Napa Valley wine industry, its wineries and its vineyards were largely spared. Tasting Notes Crushed blueberry, plum and cranberry are met with spicy paprika, dried thyme and green tobacco leaf. Broad-shouldered with a dusty cocoa finish. Vintage Notes 91 points from wine.com, Wilfred Wong, 2/21/20
90 points from Jeb Dunnuck, 1/31/20
  • Varietal 98% Cabernet Franc
    2% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appellation Coombsville
  • Vineyard 100% Mt. George Vineyard
  • Harvest Info September 26, 2016
    24.4° Brix
  • Skin Contact 20 days of skin contact
  • Oak Profile 15.5 months barrel age
    47% new oak
    New oak profile: 80% French, 20% Hungarian
    Overall oak profile: 85% French, 15% Hungarian
  • Analysis 15.0% Alcohol
    5.70 g/L TA
    3.56 pH
    Bottled July 2019
    1,330 cases
  • Aging Suggestions 2-5 years peak; drink by 6-8 years