2013 Central Park West Vineyard, Cabernet Franc
October 7, 2013
The grapes for the 2013 Cabernet Franc come from a choice 3-acre block of our Central Park West Vineyard. This vineyard, named in a nostalgic nod to the New York City origins of the Trinchero family, is located at the southern end of the St. Helena appellation. This vineyard is a level site with deep, loamy soils and good sun exposure—the ideal situation for producing classic Napa Valley Bordeaux varietals.
The 2013 growing season began with an early budbreak and mild weather in the spring which made for a heavy berry set. We had beautiful consistent warm days throughout the growing season coupled with cool nights and foggy mornings, ensuring slow and steady ripeness. The phenolic maturity was in unison with sugar ripening. The warm fall with very little rain made for a harvest without incident. The resulting wines have beautiful balance and depth.
“Cabernet Franc is most often used in blends, but it’s intriguing to me to bottle some Cabernet Franc on its own. This wine has seductive forwardness and intriguing depth with aromas of briary red fruit, cherry cola, baking spice and a dusting of dark baking chocolate. True to its valley floor origins and the rich soils and full sun exposure that these vines enjoy, hints of clove, leather and sarsaparilla greet the palate and intertwine with luscious tannins while preceding a prolonged savory finish.” — Mario Monticelli