DETERT Cabernet Franc 2017
(Oakville, Napa Valley, CA) $95
If you’ve never drunk a great franc, you must try Detert. Beautifully intense and rich (but not fat), it flows with layers of lavender, dried sage, pipe tobacco, black olives, dark chocolate, and fresh cherries. Sparks of minerality keep the wine alive on the palate. The Detert family has a long history in California, and the Detert Vineyard is part of To Kalon, planted in 1868 and perhaps the most famous vineyard in Napa Valley’s history. Detert’s cabernet franc vines—planted in 1979 with original budwood–are the oldest cabernet franc vines in Napa Valley.