2019 CABERNET FRANC
This nearly perfect growing season started off with a wet winter and a long warm summer with very few heat events, resulting in foggy mornings and set the stage for producing vibrant, expressive wines. The finish of the season was long and relatively mild, which facilitated long hangtimes and produced wines with finesse and freshness.
Oakville Ranch is a 330-acre estate located 1,400 feet above the valley floor on the eastern side of the Oakville AVA along the foothills of the Vaca mountain range. Bathed in all-day sunlight, the vines produce low yield, small berried clusters of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2019 Cabernet Franc Oakville Ranch is a huge, powerful wine. Mark Herold takes varietal Franc aromas and flavors and turns the volume all the way up. Heady and opulent to the core, the 2019 possesses tremendous textural richness. Raspberry jam, mocha, leather, spice and menthol build in a dense, palate-staining Franc endowed with real substance and depth.
-- Antonio Galloni 94 Points