US-DET-40-18

Cabernet Franc 'Napa Valley', Detert Family Vineyards

Cabernet Franc 'Napa Valley', Detert Family Vineyards

Grape Varieties
• 85% Cabernet Franc
• 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Farming Practices
• Practicing Organic & Sustainable
• Cordon pruned – split canopy management
• Deficit irrigation
• Hand-harvested

Vine Age/Soil/Terroir
• Part of the historic To Kalon Vineyard
• Planted in 1979
• 100% Detert-clone Cabernet Franc from 1949 planting
• Alluvial, Coombs gravelly loam; very deep, well-drained soils

Winemaking
• Multiple small lot fermentations (1 to 2.5 tons fermenters)
• Some lots spent 20-30 days on the skins for tannin and secondary flavor development
• Some lots spent 10-14 days on the skins for freshness and primary aroma development
• Combination of punch downs and pumpovers applied
• Aged 18 months in 225L French oak (60% new)

Tasting Notes/Press
• A delicious, supple Detert Cabernet Franc with the classic texture, power and range of flavors that this vineyard produces. Dense, lush and layered in the mouth, revealing flavors of licorice, dark chocolate, currant and fig preserves over a silky framework of tannin. Long, plush finish shows a range of dried herbs, currant, anise, sandalwood and cocoa that builds and builds. Totally delicious now.

Producer:
Vintage:
2018
Country:
United States
Region:
California
Appellation:
Napa
Variety:
Cabernet Franc
Color:
Red
Farming Practice:
Practicing Organic

Press & Reviews

Vinous Media

Score:
96
Date:
2021-01-01
Review:
Detert's 2018 Cabernet Franc is fabulous. It may very well be the single most expressive and distinctive Cabernet Franc in the valley. Deep and inky in the glass, the Detert Franc is marked by soaring aromatics and beams of saline minerality that distinguish it from the Cabernet Sauvignon in this range. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, spice, menthol, licorice and cloves build into the huge, resonant finish.