2019 Chappellet Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, USA (750ml)
Similarly deep purple-hued, the 2019 Cabernet Franc (78% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot) offers a kaleidoscope-like array of red, blue, and black fruits as well as spring flowers, cedarwood, and leafy herbs. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it's another rich, concentrated, yet vibrant and fresh 2019, and it's going to evolve for 20 years or more. It's a brilliant bottle of wine! Best After 2022
- Jeb Dunnuck, 96 pts.
The 2019 Cabernet Franc is a blend of 78% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose springs forth with notions of blueberry preserves, redcurrant jelly and boysenberries, plus wafts of bay leaves, pencil shavings and red roses. The palate is a medium to full-bodied, tightly knit, structured style with a ripe, fine-grained and refreshing line supporting the bright red and blue fruits, finishing with fantastic length.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 95 pts.
This shows gorgeous and very primary fruit with currants, black cherries and hints of flowers. It’s medium-bodied with fine tannins and long, intense purity and primary character. Crushed grapes. Fresh acidity. Finesse. So tasty now. Drink or hold.
- James Suckling, 94 pts.
Striking an impeccable balance between concentration and elegance, this complex Cabernet Franc showcases how beautifully this grape expresses itself when grown on high-mountain slopes. Aromas of red currant, black cherry, graphite and black tea leap from the glass, followed by French oak-inspired notes of vanilla, cedar and clove. On the plush, silky palate the luxurious ripe berry flavors are framed by fine-grained tannins and an earthy richness, with hints of sage, coffee and cigar leaf emerging on the long, sophisticated finish.