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2013 Morlet Family Cabernet Franc Force de la Nature

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 100 WA
  • Variety
    Cabernet Franc
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SKU: 403467-2013

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$475.00

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    Luc Morlet's three-digit wine is the 2013 Cabernet Franc Force de la Nature, 100% Cabernet Franc from the incredible Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. This is an ethereal wine that goes beyond just being majestic. Aged in 100% new Darnajou oak, the wine offers a flowery, blueberry and blackberry-scented nose along with forest floor, some sweet, subtle toast and lead pencil shavings. Remarkably rich, full-bodied, but light on its feet and on the palate, the wine builds incrementally to a majestic, full-throttle, seamless work that is rather remarkable. This is an amazing wine, and Luc Morlet has certainly proven once again his incredible talents and knowledge of great vineyard sites. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
    Drink Dates: 2016 - 2036
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 222
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Drink Dates: 2017-2047
    Author: Gallo Boy

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Cabernet Franc is an early-ripening variety that produces wines with medium body and medium to high tannin and displays fruity and earthy aromas of wet leaves, soil, mushroom and bell pepper. It is typically found in blends, where it contributes vibrant fruit and floral notes to more dominant international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Cabernet Franc is widely planted in Saint-Émilion, where it is used in Bordeaux blends from producers such as Château Angélus, Château Lafleur, and Château Cheval Blanc, and in Tuscany, where it is used in Super-Tuscan blends from Italian producers such as Ornellaia, Tua Rita, and Petrolo Galatrona.

Varietal wines from Cabernet Franc are produced in the Loire Valley, and the best examples come from south-facing slopes with limestone and clay soil in the sub-region of Chinon. These wines are full-bodied with tannins that support the wine evolving in the bottle for many years.

Cabernet Franc’s medium body pairs well with a wide range of foods, including beef burgers, roasted pork, chicken curry, goat cheese, lentils, and beans. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 154 bottles owned
  • 30 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 30 collectors)