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DETERT Cabernet Franc 2016

(Oakville, Napa Valley, CA) $95

Every cabernet sauvignon winemaker I know in Napa Valley is on the hunt for great cabernet franc (cabernet sauvignon’s genetic father). Indeed, cab franc now commands the highest average price per ton of any grape in the Napa Valley, which probably means it’s also the most expensive grape in the whole country. If you’ve never drunk a great franc, you must try this (only 250 cases were made, but you can still get your hands on some of the recently released 2016s). Beautifully intense and rich (but not fat), it flows with uber smooth layers of lavender, dried sage, pipe tobacco, black olives, dark chocolate, and fresh cherries. Wonderful sparks of minerality keep the wine alive on the palate. The Detert Family has a long history in California, and the Detert Vineyard was once part of To Kalon, perhaps the most famous vineyard in Napa Valley’s history.  (14.7% abv)

95 points KM

Available at Le Dû's Wines

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