What Does It Taste Like? - Showing true expression of its varietal and The Outcast 2012 Cabernet Franc Reserve combines classic California style with an Old world signature. Most of the fruit for this hidden gem comes from Coombsville; It showcases savory aromas of dried herbs intertwined with black cherries. The palate is vibrant with concentrated flavors of brambly fruit, and there is a real "Coombsville Character" to the wine, with its earthy and rich texture. Aged for 27 months in French Oak,the tannins are silky and the finish is fabulous and drawn out...... leaving you craving another sip.
- Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
- Appellation: Coombsville 80%, Calistoga 20%, Napa Valley, California
- Varietal: 100% Cabernet Franc
- Vintage: 2012
- Harvest Notes - Coombsville, a renowned appellation in the Southeastern corner of the Napa Valley, is tucked up against the foothills of the Vacas Range. Its soil is rocking schist,fractured cobblestone and gravelly loam. Fog in the mornings keeps the bowl cool,helping to retain acidity and balance.Calistoga has deep riverbed soils and sandy alluvial fans,it's one of the warmest areas of the valley-creating intensely rich,ripe fruit most prized by winemakers for mouthfeel and fruit forward complexity.
- Production: 125 cases
- Drink: Now-15 yrs
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92pts Allvino- The 2012 Outcast Cabernet Franc Reserve boasts explosive aromatic and flavor characteristics. Immediately after pouring aromatic notes of black fruit and vanilla make themselves known. On the palate, notes of concentrated blueberries, black cherry, and chocolate are distinctive. Meanwhile after months of oak aging the tannins are soft and supple yet bold enough to stand up to any grilled dish. This is a wine that will age for a few more years, but good luck cellaring this one, it is drinking perfectly as it stands.