2015 Kuleto Estate Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley
Vintage 2015 gave us yet another beautiful harvest in the Napa Valley. This following the fabulous vintages of 2012-2014 is a luxury we fully appreciate. This year in particular was marked by a few late-season heat spells that created opulent fruit with great concentration. The heat helps to completely ripen the grapes and bring out the tremendous fruit flavors and textural depth in the final wine. At Kuleto Estate, we prize our Cabernet Franc for its ability to retain its varietal character no matter the vintage. In the coolest or dampest of vintages, the sweet herbal component balances perfectly with lower alcohol and balanced acidity. In the warmest of vintages, it becomes like cherry candy in the nose and mouth with just a hint of its true cabernet character. In 2015, it strikes the perfect balance between fruit and sweet herb. The steam-bent French oak barrels that we selected support this balance by providing structure without being overwhelming. Its kirsch and marjoram flower aromas meld with fine, dusty tannins to make this a classic and age worthy wine!
80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot
18 months in 30% new French oak barrels
Kuleto is one of the most complex and diverse wine producing properties in the world. Located in the volcanic mountains of eastern Napa, our estate features 761 total acres and 82.9 acres of vines perched along ridges and clinging to steep hillsides. Our soils, exposures, elevation changes and sub-climates are so complex that we’ve delineated our property into more than 100 micro-blocks. Each of these tiny plots is treated as an individual vineyard with varieties, clones, rootstocks, density, trellising and farming methods tailored specifically to the site. For winemaker John Clews, there is a mutual understanding that all but a small percentage of the winemaker’s work is done in the vineyard. Keeping the vineyard’s serpentine twists and exposures in mind, the best-suited varietals for each block have been selected. Working with the land, not against it, the individually terraced lots are not oriented to one central direction, but instead are planted to maximize the benefits of their natural location.