Late Harvest Shahpar
2015 Signature Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley
The unique terroir of our rocky, higher elevation Mount Veeder estate combines a cool, marine-influenced microclimate with exceptional sun exposure to naturally develop Cabernet Franc’s inherently earthbound, spice and black fruit flavors. This classic Bordeaux varietal possesses both power and poise, and contributes layered, uplifting fruit and concentrated earthen flavors to our Signature Cabernet Sauvignon each year.
2015 was a shy-bearing vintage overall, which further amplified the inherent depth and concentration of our mountain grown Cabernet Franc. Intensity is a hallmark of the vintage.
Signature Cabernet Franc exhibits a dense, yet aromatic core of ripe black and blue fruits tangled with juicy plum, cassis, spice box and savory dried sage; a result of naturally reduced clusters per vine and a long, temperate growing season. Earthbound elements of steeped black tea, cola, and anise persist on the palate adding intrigue, though it’s the cascading finish and ripe, fine, dusty tannin that nod at the cellar-worthiness of 2015 Signature Cabernet Franc.