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Jacob Franklin

Jacob Franklin
2015 Holbrook Mitchell Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$75

Jacob Franklin
2015 Holbrook Mitchell Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4%
Brown brick red color. Aromas of chocolate toffee, toasted herb and tomato focaccia, and chalk board with a silky, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long dolmades, roasted nuts and mulberries, and roasted yams and beets finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nicely nuanced and polished, herbal cabernet franc that will delight at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World, Rich & Full & Savory
Aroma Aroma: chocolate toffee, toasted herb and tomato focaccia, and chalk board
Taste Flavor: dolmades, roasted nuts and mulberries, and roasted yams and beets
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Duck With Mushroom Cream Sauce, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nicely nuanced and polished, herbal cabernet franc that will delight at the table.

The Producer

Jacob Franklin Wines

The Producer
PO Box 2512
Yountville, CA 94599
USA
1 707-666-2989

Their Portfolio

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93 Jacob Franklin 2014 Holbrook Mitchell Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $75.00.
92 Jacob Franklin 2015 Holbrook Mitchell Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $75.00.
92 Jacob Franklin 2016 Holbrook Mitchell Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 15% (USA) $75.00.
92 Jacob Franklin 2014 Hayne Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $50.00.
93 Jacob Franklin 2017 Frediani Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Napa Valley 15.2% (USA) $50.00.
93 Jacob Franklin 2015 Leeds and Pesch Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Napa Valley 13.9% (USA) $45.00.
92 Jacob Franklin 2016 Leeds and Pesch Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $45.00.
90 Jacob Franklin 2018 Judge Family Vineyard, Grenache, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $48.00.
91 Jacob Franklin 2019 Judge Family Vineyard, Grenache, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $48.00.
93 Jacob Franklin 2019 Morisoli Vineyard, Zinfandel, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $52.00.

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.