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Hagafen

Hagafen
2015 Estate Bottled Wieruszowski Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Coombsville, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$48
Cellar Selection

Hagafen
2015 Estate Bottled Wieruszowski Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Coombsville, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of baked plum, cherry preserves, cedar incense, dried figs, cinnamon danish, and vanilla-coconut custard with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish that presents impressions of tart berry relish, tobacco, dill, and coriander with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex and pleasing Cabernet Franc that will continue to develop with time.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: baked plum, cherry preserves, cedar incense, dried figs, cinnamon danish, and vanilla-coconut custard
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of tart berry relish, tobacco, dill, and coriander
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex and pleasing Cabernet Franc that will continue to develop with time.

The Producer

Hagafen Cellars

The Producer
4160 Silverado Trl
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-252-0781

Their Portfolio

93 Hagafen 2014 Estate Bottled, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $48.00.
92 Hagafen 2015 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $42.00.
86 Hagafen 2016 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
92 Hagafen 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa County-Sonoma County 12.5% (USA) $27.00.
94 Hagafen 2017 Wieruszowski Vineyard Estate Bottled Sweet, Riesling, Coombsville, Napa Valley 11% (USA) $24.00.
83 Hagafen 2015 Methode Champenoise Brut Rosé, Napa Valley 12.5% (USA) $48.00.
88 Hagafen 2016 Estate Bottled Wieruszowski Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $54.00.
91 Hagafen 2016 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Coombsville, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $42.00.
92 Hagafen 2015 Brut Cuvée Sparkling Wine, Napa Valley 12.8% (USA) $48.00.
85 Hagafen 2017 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $30.00.
89 Hagafen 2017 Prix Reserve, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $40.00.
92 Hagafen 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa County-Sonoma County 12.5% (USA) $27.00.
87 Hagafen 2017 Clearwater Ranch, Riesling, Lake County 12% (USA) $24.00.
91 Hagafen 2018 Clearwater Ranch, Riesling, Lake County 12% (USA) $24.00.
92 Hagafen 2017 Prix Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13% (USA) $40.00.
88 Hagafen 2018 Don Ernesto’s Beret Rosé, Syrah, California 13.5% (USA) $27.00.
92 Hagafen 2016 Prix Reserve, Pinot Noir, Coombsville, Napa Valley 13% (USA) $60.00.
95 Hagafen 2013 Prix Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $80.00.
90 Hagafen 2014 Prix Reserve, Merlot, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $65.00.
90 Hagafen 2015 Estate Bottled Wieruszowski Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Coombsville, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $48.00.
84 Hagafen 2017 Don Ernesto’s Oh! Red Blend, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $39.00.
92 Hagafen 2018 Montington Vineyard Estate Bottled, Pinot Noir, Coombsville, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $39.00.
87 Hagafen 2017 Wieruszowski Vineyard Estate Bottled, Syrah, Coombsville, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $42.00.
87 Hagafen 2016 Prix Melange Estate Bottled Reserve, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $85.00.
89 Prix 2015 Reserve, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
88 Prix 2016 Reserve, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
85 Prix 2016 Estate Bottled Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 12% (USA) $40.00.
93 Prix 2014 Reserve Estate Bottled, Syrah, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $65.00.
88 Prix 2015 Estate Bottled Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $80.00.

Cabernet Franc

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Franc is very closely related to cabernet sauvignon; it is widely presumed that cabernet franc is just a well established mutation. It is ideally suited to cooler climates, as it buds and ripens earlier than cabernet sauvignon. Additionally, it is less susceptible to poor weather during harvest. In the Medoc and Graves region of Bordeaux, where it typically constitutes about 15% of the final blend, it is seen as a measure of insurance against poor cabernet sauvignon or merlot weather. Cabernet franc used to be planted almost as widely as cabernet sauvignon in Bordeaux well into the 60s, but cabernet sauvignon had swung into such favor that 30 years later it had twice the acreage of cabernet franc.

Cabernet franc tends to be lighter in color and tannins than cabernet sauvignon, with an earlier-maturing character. On Bordeaux's Right Bank, cabernet franc has a stronger foothold, and is best known as the dominant grape in the blend for the famed château, Cheval Blanc. It is the most widely planted red varietal in the Loire, where it yields lighter wines, like Chinon, with distinct herbal overtones. US cabernet francs are still largely in the experimental stage; there is a huge spectrum of interpretations, from heavy Napa wines to lighter styles from the East Coast.

Cabernet Franc is noted for its deep ruby red color and peppery, spicy character. It has moderate tannins and good acidity. Generally a Cabernet Franc should be consumed with some age - at least five years - while the finest versions drink well for more than twenty years.

Pair Cabernet Franc with hearty foods such as wild game, game birds and roasts.