Block 10 Cabernet Franc
Block Highlight Series
Stainless native ferment. Aged 20 months in 67% new French oak.
This steep north-facing block clings onto the lower slope of the vineyard. This site is notable for its silt loam soils and abundant native flora like yarrow and lupine.
Inky garnet, leather study chair, fresh-tilled loam, candied violet lift, ethereal black cherry and lingonberry reduction, licorice, singed orange peel, humidor.
Resolute, firmly wrought, erudite.
2024 - 2038
$270 / 3-pack
Scores & Reviews
Blackcurrants, damp earth, spring flowers, and gravelly earth are just some of the nuances in the 2019 Cabernet Franc Block 10, a medium to full-bodied, rich, gorgeously concentrated, balanced expression of Cabernet Franc, as well as Red Mountain. It shows more structure with time in the glass but never loses its seamless, pure, incredibly elegant profile. This is the real deal and worth 3-4 years of bottle age. It will have two decades of overall longevity.
- Jeb Dunnuck
Vivid aromas of ripe blackcurrants, anise and rosemary. Full-bodied with fine, slightly chewy tannins. Cinnamon and clove mix with black fruit and dried violets. Well structured with very good depth and intensity. Very polished. This is showing well now, but will be better in a few years. Best after 2024.
- James Suckling
The aromas offer pretty notes of powdery violet blossoms alongside resinous herbs, dusty earth and meaty, savoury notes. An elegant, finessed palate follows. The wine is in a subdued and introspective phase that is currently a bit tight. Tannin is firm but powdery fine and can benefit from decanting as well as from another year in bottle. Lengthy and well balanced with pleasing acidity. The desert sage element so common to WeatherEye wines is present but it's a subtle accent instead of the dominant force that appears in some of their Rhône-style wines. Definitely a distinctive expression of the variety.
- Elaine Chukan Brown, JancisRobinson.com