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2013 Robert Keenan Winery Spring Mountain District Cabernet Franc

Light label condition issue

Removed from a temperature controlled wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

94Robert M. Parker Jr.

1 of Napa Valley’s most successful... Beautiful blueberry & raspberry fruit interwoven with spring flowers... wonderfully balanced & elegant, yet authoritative... rich... at the same time ethereal & finesse-oriented... intense, but elegant.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District

Spring Mountain AVA is above the town of St. Helena on the eastern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. There is no actual Spring Mountain, but the name has traditionally been used for the area, which includes many streams and springs. Spring Mountain was awarded appellation status in 1993 and it includes about 1,000 vineyard acres. Vineyard elevations are high, from 400 to 2,600 feet above sea level. Because of the altitude of most vineyards, which are above the fog line, mornings become warm earlier than vineyards on the valley floor, though the afternoons are cooled by maritime winds. The result is an exceptionally long growing season. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most frequently planted grape by acreage, followed by Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Franc

This is a parent grape to Cabernet Sauvignon. It most likely originates from Basque country. It is an excellent blending grape, known for making the exquisite Cheval-Blanc. Franc is a little hardier on a vine than Sauvignon, but drinks smoothly at the table.