Wine Advocate | Rating: 100Produced from 100% Cabernet Franc from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, the 2015 Cabernet Franc Force de la Nature reveals a deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed mulberries, black plums and black cherries with touches of pencil shavings, tapenade, underbrush, moss and dusty earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is taut and packed with vibrant red and black fruit flavors, framed by firm, grainy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with wonderful length and depth. 100 cases were made.Drink Dates: 2018 - 2034Author: Lisa Perrotti-BrownIssue: 233
Vinous | Rating: 95Another highlight in this lineup, the 2015 Cabernet Franc Force de la Nature is super-impressive. Today it is the wine's rich, sumptuous fruit that is front and center. Time in bottle is essential in order for the Franc aromatics to start to emerge. Hints of orange peel and espresso appear in the glass, but the 2015 is not anywhere near ready to show all of its cards yet, and it won't be for a few years.Drink Dates: 2020 - 2035Author: Antonio GalloniIssue: Jul 2018
Jeb Dunnuck | Rating: 100Cut from the same cloth as the 2014, yet more powerful and concentrated as well as unevolved, the 2015 Force de la Nature is one of the finest expressions of Cabernet Franc out there. Reminding me of a young 1998 Cheval Blanc with its massive core of dark fruits, chocolate, and spring flower notes, this beauty hits the palate with full body, ultra-fine tannin, a huge mid-palate, and a seamless, weightless texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. It’s an incredible wine from this great, great estate.Author: Jeb DunnuckIssue: Brilliance From Sonoma
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 , , , and 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. and 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 and . Cabernet Franc is widely planted in , where it is used in from producers such as , , and , and in , where it is used in Super-Tuscan blends from producers such as , , and .
Varietal wines from Cabernet Franc are produced in the , and the best examples come from south-facing slopes with limestone and clay soil in the sub-region of . 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)