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Ballentine 2017 Estate Cabernet Franc Pocai Vineyard Calistoga
Ballentine 2017 Estate Cabernet Franc Pocai Vineyard Calistoga

Ballentine 2017 Estate Cabernet Franc Pocai Vineyard


The Cabernet Franc are classically one of the last grapes we bring into the winery for the season. The tannins are mature and the flavors well-developed by the time we pick our Cabernet Franc. We use a rhone yeast selection to help highlight the floral and red fruit aspects of this wine. Aged in 50% new oak, the wine is given ample time for the tannins to combine and the palate to gain weight and structure. A combination of French and American oak are used to accent the spiciness of the wine and build middle palate structure.

The 2017 Cabernet Franc is dark, concentrated and delicious. The nose is brimming with apple, cherry jam and roses. There are scents reminiscent of maple syrup, vanilla and cream giving the wine an intense aromatic play. The mouthfeel is at once smooth and tannic, filling the mouth with a pleasing roundness. This wine has cherries and berries along with herbaceous and honey flavors. The finish mellows and the wine is smooth at the end. Flavors linger on the tongue for a long time.
2016 RATING
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 93 Points

Type

Red

Varietal

89% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet, 1% Merlot

Vintage

2017

Bottle size

750mL

Alcohol content

15.5%

Appellation

California – Napa Valley

Wine Advocate

93

Wine Enthusiast

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Wine Spectator

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Other

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