Chappellet 2012 Cabernet Franc "Estate" Napa Valley


Chappellet 2012 Cabernet Franc "Estate" Napa Valley

The Wine: This wine offers up amazing aromas and flavors from start to finish. On the nose you’ll encounter lavender, strawberry, anise and black pepper. On the lush, silky palate you are greeted by flavors of blueberry, raspberry and of course the hallmark of Cabernet Franc flavors, a touch of spice. It is bright and plush up front and finishes with silky tannins. This wine will need a year of cellaring to get to its sweet spot, so decanting will be necessary for early drinking. 

Anthony Galloni 92 PointsDark red cherries, plums, smoke, mocha, pine and tobacco are all laced together in the 2012 Cabernet Franc. Dark, powerful and intense, the 2012 shows the more brooding side of the vintage. Chappellet's Cabernet Franc is more of a wine of place than of variety, partly because it is best described as a Cabernet Franc-based blend. Firm tannins support the muscular finish, but there is more than enough fruit to provide balance. Savory herbs and floral overtone add the final layers of complexity. In 2012 the blend includes 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec.



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  • Vintage: 2012
  • Winery: Chappellet