The gravel beds at Blueline provide the essential drainage needed for Cab Franc and lend a pronounced minerality that energizes a dark and brooding wine. But the siren's call of this dark beauty is its exotic fragrances of violets, T rose oil and perfumed red and black cassis. A heady aromatic that leads into a complex weave of vibrant fruit across the palate in one seamless thread. More narrowly focused across the palate than either Cabernet, or Merlot, the Cab Franc ends with an extended arching finish that lingers longer and teases with intriguing subtlety. This wine exhibits a precise structure of interlocking tannin, built to hold its grace and beauty over the long haul. We expect it will become more alluring as time unfolds its nuanced magic.
A barrel sample, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Franc Blueline Estate gives up youthful red and black currants notes along with black raspberries, roses, dried leaves, pencil shavings and Provence herbs. The full-bodied palate has a rock-solid frame, matched by tightly knit earthy flavors and a lively line of freshness, finishing on a lingering mineral note.