Full Review

Makana Cellars

Makana Cellars
2013 Cabernet Franc, Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.5% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$70
Cellar Selection

Makana Cellars
2013 Cabernet Franc, Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.5% RS: <1%
Black ruby color. Herbal aromas and flavors of bay leaf and sage with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long spiced blackberry jam, dark chocolate, and dried cherry finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A multilayered cab franc with great herbal notes that never venture into "too-green" territory; a must-try.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Fruity, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex & Savory
Aroma Aroma: bay leaf and sage
Taste Flavor: spiced blackberry jam, dark chocolate, and dried cherry
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Lamb Chops, Herb Crusted Pot Roast, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A multilayered cab franc with great herbal notes that never venture into "too-green" territory; a must-try.

The Producer

Makana Cellars

The Producer
2463 Tamalpais St
Mountain View, CA 94043
USA
1 650-224-8664

Cabernet Franc

Wine Glass Cabernet.jpg
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.