In 1989 we planted this classic Bordeaux varietal on Pritchard Hill to complement our acclaimed hillside-grown Cabernet Sauvignon. There, on the mountain’s steep slopes and volcanic soils, our Cabernet Franc thrived, developing the varietal’s legendary complexity and sumptuousness as it ripened in the warm Napa Valley sun. To ensure that this wine achieves both the level of excellence and depth of flavor to merit the “Pritchard Hill” designation, this small-lot bottling is crafted from grapes that are individually selected from our choicest vineyard blocks.
Roast Pork Loin
Salmon Steaks with Red Wine Butter
||Sept. 20—Sept. 26, 2004
Lively and refined aromas of cherry, cassis and spice integrate seamlessly into layers of sweet oak. Notes of mocha and roasted coffee add depth and richness. Red fruit, dried herbs and exotic spice flavors are displayed on an elegant framework of soft tannins and smooth supple texture.
Warm, consistent summer weather was bracketed by an early spring bud break and several late summer hot spells, creating growing conditions that allowed for one of the earliest harvest periods in almost a decade.
Cabernet Franc 75%
Cabernet Sauvignon 9%