During a recent visit to the Napa Valley, I had a chance to meet with Tom Garrett. Tom is part of the Detert Family of wines who own a portion of the historic To Kalon vineyard. The Detert's and the MacDonalds are cousins whose lineage goes back to a common owner of a parcel of the vineyard from the early 1950's. The Detert's portion grows mostly Cabernet Franc although there is some Cabernet Sauvignon. This particular bottling is their top Cabernet Franc and it is as good as any made anywhere. Although still very young, this is a wine that has great concentration and will age gracefully for decades. The vines utilized for this wine are forty years old. Tom was kind enough to open a bottle for us. Ruby in color with purple swirls. The nose is dusty with cherries and brown tobacco. Deep and complex. On the palate, this has medium tannins. Black cherries, cherries with a dirt quality that really sets off the fruit well. Very concentrated and deep. Good acidity. Long finish. This wine should continue to mature for another five to ten years and be good for another ten to twenty after that. It will go well with roasted meats and fowl. Allocations for this wine are small but it is worth signing up for the list.
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