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Cabernet Franc

2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

by David on May 13, 2011

This double-clone blend of 100% Cabernet Franc is grown on our Yountville Estate. Winemaker Geoff Gorsuch comments that he utilizes vertical trellising, “which helps create optimum sunlight for even-ripening and the Estate fruit brings ripe, rich flavors to the blend giving it character & elegance.” Flavor profile: Ripe cherry, raspberry, and blackcurrant with black licorice, […]


Coq au Vin With Estate Cabernet Franc

by David on February 14, 2011

A classic French dish, Coq au Vin originated in Burgundy but we have used our lush and generous Cabernet Franc grown on our Yountville Estate in this recipe. The cherry and sweet raspberry flavors of the wine pair perfectly with this hearty dish ideal for this time of year. Better yet, the recipe is easy […]


Goosecross: Pressing Cabernet Franc

by David on November 18, 2009

It’s all glamour, working at a winery! In this 2-minute video you’ll see the Cabernet Franc being drained and the grape skins being shoveled out of the fermentation tank and pressed after the fermentation is over. Enjoy! More videos Subscribe  


2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

by David on September 25, 2009

Lush, generous flavors of ripe cherries, sweet raspberry, dried herbs and mint finish with toasty oak, spice and a hint of licorice. Pairings: Grilled steak or lamb, slow-cooked dishes, aged cheeses. LISTEN (MP3) Download Winemaker Notes



by David on June 23, 2009

Our friend Merlot has taken a beating recently, because of the movie Sideways, but you might be surprised to know that it’s the most widely planted variety in Bordeaux. When we think of Bordeaux, most of us think of Cabernet Sauvignon, and it’s a major player, but Merlot trumps it in volume for a couple […]


How We Make Our Estate Meritage

by David on June 20, 2009

In 2002, we had to re-plant our home vineyard here at the winery because the Chardonnay we planted in 1978 was diseased. The phrase “crisis as opportunity” comes to mind. After almost 25 years, we had a chance to take a fresh look at our property and re-evaluate what belongs here. It’s a process! We […]


New Recipe: Coq au Vin!

by David on November 20, 2008

Mmmm… with smoked applewood bacon, mushrooms, shallots, fresh herbs, lots of wine…  Just thinking about the Coq au Vin makes me ravenous! Yes, it’s comfort-food time as the days get shorter and shorter and the nights colder and colder. And, Colleen has come up with her own special take on a classic –  the perfect […]