Full Review

Jarvis

Jarvis
2015 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$180
Cellar Selection

Jarvis
2015 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6%
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of medium dark chocolate, ripe black cherry, Herbs de Provence and pipe tobacco, and violet with a round, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish that exhibits suggestions of chocolate covered cherries, violets and cavendish tobacco, herbs de provence, and blackberry and vanilla with well-integrated, medium, coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. An absolutely delectable Cabernet Franc in a riper context; well made, well structured, and with a long life ahead of it.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: medium dark chocolate, ripe black cherry, Herbs de Provence and pipe tobacco, and violet
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of chocolate covered cherries, violets and cavendish tobacco, herbs de provence, and blackberry and vanilla
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An absolutely delectable Cabernet Franc in a riper context; well made, well structured, and with a long life ahead of it.

The Producer

Jarvis Estate

The Producer
2970 Monticello Rd
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-255-5280

Their Portfolio

92 Jarvis 2014 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $175.00.
94 Jarvis 2019 Estate, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $85.00.
96 Jarvis 2019 Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $150.00.
95 Jarvis 2019 Unfiltered Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $165.00.
90 Jarvis 2017 Estate, Tempranillo, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $90.00.
95 Jarvis 2018 Will Jarvis’ Science Project, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $210.00.
94 Jarvis 2016 Merlot, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $150.00.
96 Jarvis 2015 Petit Verdot, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $180.00.
95 Jarvis 2016 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $160.00.
89 Jarvis 2016 Estate, Petit Verdot, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $195.00.
94 Jarvis 2016 Lake William Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $270.00.
BR Jarvis 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $210.00. - Bronze Medal
94 Jarvis 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $230.00.
89 Jarvis 2013 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $400.00.
94 Jarvis 2019 Will Jarvis’ Science Project, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $220.00.
93 Jarvis 2018 Tempranillo, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $95.00.
95 Jarvis 2018 Merlot, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $190.00.
96 Jarvis 2015 Reserve, Merlot, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $310.00.
91 Jarvis 2020 Estate, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $95.00.
93 Jarvis 2020 Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $175.00.
94 Jarvis 2020 Unfiltered Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $195.00.
91 Jarvis 2019 Estate, Tempranillo, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $110.00.
93 Jarvis 2018 Lake William Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $325.00.
93 Jarvis 2018 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $190.00.
96 Jarvis 2018 Estate, Petit Verdot, Napa Valley 13.9% (USA) $230.00.
92 Jarvis 2021 Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $105.00.
94 Jarvis 2021 Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $195.00.
94 Jarvis 2021 Unfiltered Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $215.00.
93 Jarvis 2014 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 13.9% (USA) $185.00.
94 Jarvis 2015 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $180.00.
93 Jarvis 2013 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $215.00.
94 Jarvis 2014 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $210.00.
93 Jarvis 2014 Estate, Petit Verdot, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $205.00.

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.