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Maxville Cabernet Franc 2014
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The 2014 Cabernet Franc is a step up over the Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers a distinct Cabernet Franc herbal, floral character to go with classic currants, black raspberry, and cherry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and seamless, with beautiful tannin, it should keep for 10-15 years.
In the 1960s, the Edward Keith family purchased over 1,000 acres of the Rancho Catacula Land Grant and turned a portion of it into the Bar 49 Summer Camp. This camp provided children with an opportunity to experience farming, horseback riding, fishing, boating, water sports and arts and crafts.
The first grape vines were planted t in 1974. Today, about 100 acres are planted include Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The volcanic soil these vines are planted in creates a prime growing condition. The Keith’s practiced sustainable farming and saw themselves as protectors of the land. In order to preserve the integrity of the property, the land was placed within the Napa Valley Land Trust. This guarantees the land will never be subdivided and it is only used for agricultural purposes.
In 1996, construction began for the most impressive tasting room and aging facility in the Chiles Valley. The underground aging facility can accommodate up to 2,000 barrels.
The winery was purchased by Maxville Lake in 2014. Maxville is now the guardian of the land. In 2016, they renovated the building and began constructing guest houses. Vintage after vintage, the goal is to create wines that exhibit remarkable consistency of style and elegance for all occasions. Let the land speak for itself through the high quality of Maxville wines.
Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.
Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.