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Pride Mountain Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley
Pride Mountain Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley
Pride Mountain Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley

A few swirls allow all of sweet cherry, dried cherry, dried herb, tobacco and white pepper to waft from the glass. An utterly perfect textural experience that somehow marries fabulous density with ethereal lightness; this simultaneous combination of weight and lift is a signature of our cabernet franc in the best vintages. We recently opened a 1998, 1999, 2000 vertical of our Cabernet Franc that were all sensational with perfect tannin resolution, the signature light-footedness across the palate, and lovely complex flavors; everything you could want from aging wine for 20 years.

Ripening along a similar time frame to our merlots, our two blocks of cabernet franc were night-harvested on October 12th and 22nd. While our cabernet francs retain great acidity as they ripen in the vineyard, we typically blend in a bit of either merlot, if the wine is needing lushness, or cabernet sauvignon, if the wine would benefit from structure. This year the winning combination was 13% cabernet sauvignon from our Rock Arch block, and 9% from our newly replanted Callie’s vineyard block (planted with budwood taken from Rock Arch in 2013).

Vinous - 92 Points
"The 2016 Cabernet Franc is a very pretty wine that brings together the natural richness that is such a Pride signature, along with attractive Franc nuances that add layers of nuance. Dark plum, cocoa, spice and leather are some of the many overtones that develop as the 2016 opens up with a little bit of air."




 78% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon



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Pride Mountain Philosophy

Our aim is to make big red wines on the black-fruit side of the ripeness spectrum that nonetheless maintain balance, nuance, and complexity. We want our wines to be approachable in their youth, yet to age beneficially for ten to fifteen years. How best to achieve these goals is something we continue to experiment with in small lot trials.

There is sometimes an unfortunate division between wine enthusiasts seeking the elegant nuances of aged French wines, and those seeking the intense fruit concentration of younger California wines. Our attitude is that each wine growing region has its own unique expression that can be embraced and enjoyed for what it is. In California, we have the ability to achieve a level of ripeness that is simply not possible in France. How to make a wine that celebrates this unique gift of ripeness without sacrificing structure, complexity and balance, is an artistic challenge that continues to be our raison detre here at Pride Mountain Vineyards.
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