Chappellet

Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

9.232 ratings
9.36 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Franc
Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Hard Cheese, Blue Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Potato, White Rice, Herbs, Tomato-Based, Pasta, Mushrooms, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Lamb, Turkey, Pork, Duck, Venison
Top Notes For
Tom Riley

2011. You might be thinking, 2011, cab franc. I'll bet it's lean, green, and possibly mean. If you thought that, give yourself a big hit in the head. This wine is five years in and still super primary. Concentrated, complex, balanced, and damn tasty. Rich, with great acid, soft tannins, and a deep, supple finish. Needs a few more years in bottle before it starts to truly unfold.

2011. You might be thinking, 2011, cab franc. I'll bet it's lean, green, and possibly mean. If you thought that, give yourself a big hit in the head. This wine is five years in and still super primary. Concentrated, complex, balanced, and damn tasty. Rich, with great acid, soft tannins, and a deep, supple finish. Needs a few more years in bottle before it starts to truly unfold.

Jan 12th, 2017
Vance Gregory

Owner Edmond Wine Shop

9.2

Aromatically reminiscent of a St Emilion in a great year. Rich mouthfeel with beautiful balance and length. Kudos to Phil Titus on this beautiful effort.

Aromatically reminiscent of a St Emilion in a great year. Rich mouthfeel with beautiful balance and length. Kudos to Phil Titus on this beautiful effort.

Nov 7th, 2015
Bob Bryden

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

9.5

The 2011 Cabernet franc had green bell pepper floating above dark ripe fruit. Light oak treatment didn't get in the way of fantastic aromas/taste. Super bottle of wine.

The 2011 Cabernet franc had green bell pepper floating above dark ripe fruit. Light oak treatment didn't get in the way of fantastic aromas/taste. Super bottle of wine.

Oct 28th, 2015
Christanna Honer

A real treat brought for us by Cyril--lush red fruit and candied flowers, with soft green bell, lavender, and Earl Grey tea aromas. Velvety.

A real treat brought for us by Cyril--lush red fruit and candied flowers, with soft green bell, lavender, and Earl Grey tea aromas. Velvety.

Apr 21st, 2015
Andy Hock

Primary campfire, blackberry, green bean.

Primary campfire, blackberry, green bean.

Aug 4th, 2019
Teresa S

Canned green beans, stewed fruit. Medium tannins.

Canned green beans, stewed fruit. Medium tannins.

Aug 4th, 2019
Andy Hock

Black currant, veg/green bean, vanilla. Juicy mid palate, smooth finish.

Black currant, veg/green bean, vanilla. Juicy mid palate, smooth finish.

Jun 16th, 2019
Teresa S

Blueberry tannin veg vanilla. So nice.

Blueberry tannin veg vanilla. So nice.

Jun 16th, 2019
Jeff Orlowski

Leather and oak on nose. Tanin, blueberry, plum, dark cherry flavors, medium soft finish. Nice.

Leather and oak on nose. Tanin, blueberry, plum, dark cherry flavors, medium soft finish. Nice.

May 27th, 2019
Mark Flesher

From the "bastardized " vintage comes this 2011 Franc that has a great blackberry, toasted oak core. Ripe berry and spice towards the finish. Still has tannin on the finish but definitely softened after 2 hours. Surprised at the youth and complexity here.

From the "bastardized " vintage comes this 2011 Franc that has a great blackberry, toasted oak core. Ripe berry and spice towards the finish. Still has tannin on the finish but definitely softened after 2 hours. Surprised at the youth and complexity here.

Jan 1st, 2018