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.Winemaker Notes
Recipe Pairings:Roast Pork LoinSalmon Steaks with Red Wine Butter
||October 3‐27, 2005
From its evocative red berry, plum, tea and cedar aromatics to the rich, complexity of its finish, this age‐worthy Cabernet Franc displays both refinement and complexity. The red berry aromatics are echoed on the palate by flavors of red currants and raspberry, accentuated by spicy green peppercorn notes and subtle hints of cocoa powder. A sophisticated wine from a cool vintage, this Cabernet Franc will continue to evolve and reward for years to come.
The 2005 growing season was one of the longest and coolest seasons in recent memory. Budbreak occurred in March, followed by a long bloom and set, creating a sizable crop. An unseasonably cool, wet spring also contributed to vigorous growth. To ensure proper ripening of the grapes, meticulous canopy management and fruit thinning techniques were applied in the vineyard. Mild, even weather prevailed into September, allowing for excellent flavor development and an unhurried harvest.
Cabernet Franc 76%
Cabernet Sauvignon 13%