A row of barrels in the Relic cave.

2010 The Prior Cabernet Franc

This is the inaugural release of The Prior, our Cabernet Franc-based blend, and we are coming out with a bang! We have always been fascinated by Cabernet Franc’s ability to make wines with the density, richness and power of Cabernet Sauvignon, while providing better balance, more lift and greater complexity. However, the sites that can do this are rare and hard to find, so when we were offered Franc from one of the best blocks at Stagecoach Vineyard, perched on a west-facing slope above the famous Oakville sites in the eastern hills, we jumped at the chance. Stagecoach provides 60% of the blend, while Franc from the gravelly soils of Frediani Vineyard in Calistoga and black, spicy Malbec from Larkmead District make up the balance. You will find a nearly black color, tons of spicy floral mineral lift and a dense, rich mid-palate framed by beautifully ripe tannin.

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