CHAPPELLET Cabernet Franc 2013
(Napa Valley, California) $70
I love the “completeness” of this wine. From start to finish, its heartbeat is evident throughout the whole sensory arc of the wine. And then there’s what I call its “green-blackness”—a signature aroma and flavor of cabernet franc in California. Green-blackness is a long, sleek, savory character that’s one part tar/tobacco and one part dried sage. Chappellet’s cabernet franc nails it—and with beauty besides. Haven’t had a cabernet franc in a while? This could be your inducement.