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2017 Relic The Prior Cabernet Franc

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July 2, 2023 - $51



93Wine Spectator

...waves of dark plum and fig reduction that rumble through, carried by singed alder, loam and tobacco notes...hint of smoldering cast iron on the finish adds range and character, with enough energy and well-embedded acidity...

92Jeb Dunnuck

...notes of blue fruits, wild strawberries, spring flowers, orange blossom, and hints of tobacco. With beautiful elegance, ultra-fine tannins, notable balance, and a great finish, it's another beautiful, elegant wine from this estate.

91The Wine Advocate

...sings of floral notions—lilacs and lavender—over a core of red currant jelly, blackberry pie and wild blueberries, plus hints of pencil shavings and fragrant earth. Full-bodied, rich, spicy and well-supported in the mid-palate, the firmness of the texture comes through on the finish with a bit of chew and appealing freshness.


United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,


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.