2010 Watkins Cabernet Franc

2010 Watkins Cabernet Franc

Bugay Vineyard, Sonoma County

100% Mayacamas Mountain Fruit | 125 Cases Made

$24.99
Retail Price
$55.00
Savings
55%



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VARIETAL: Cabernet Franc

ALCOHOL: 13.50%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

93 Insider Points

Reviews:

The hearty father of Cabernet Sauvignon. Big spicy berry aromas fill the nose. Ripe blackberry with dark chocolate and pepper on the palate, with oaky tannin and a smooth texture. Nice and long on the finish. Recommended for any big red lover. 93 Points - JZ July '18

Why We're Drinking It:

$0 Shipping Selection (4+ bottles)

Plucked from the winery's library: a single vineyard limited production from a year with low yields and high quality. This is what Watkins fans get hot and bothered for; what wine snobs know to be a big deal.

  • Coming off the heels of the fantastically-rated 94 point 2009 vintage, 2010 offered many challenges that resulted in high quality, soft-textured, silky reds--but also resulted in extremely low yields.  Translated, that means there’s not much left of this already rare library vintage.
  • 100% Mayacamas Mountain fruit, these grapes benefit heavily from their terroir: at an elevation of approximately 1200 ft. they’re above the valley fog and the damaging spring frost. The north-south row alignment allows each side of the vine to enjoy equal sun exposure. Bud break is generally earlier resulting in a longer growing season with greater hang time.  During the hot summer months, natural air conditioning from the cool marine air follows the pressure gradient from the ocean over the vineyards allowing the fruit to mature slowly, evenly, and with full physiological ripeness at a lower brix than most wine grape growing locations.
  • The Watkins family has come a long way: they’ve handcrafted wines in Sonoma County since 1979, beginning as farmers and garagistes. During the first decade, wines were fermented in 40-gallon food-grade plastic garbage cans. And the cap was punched down with a 4" by 8" rectangle of plywood nailed to an ax handle . . .
  • But Randall Watkins has come a long from the garagiste legacy: with a master’s degree in enology from UC Davis and stints with a handful of Sonoma’s top estates utilizing state-of-the-art technologies, Watkins eventually concluded that the most interesting and complex wines were those produced using Old World methods, which today are the governing principles behind the Watkins name.
Tasting Notes:

Cabernet Franc is an important component of blends, softening and rounding out the more angular Cabernet Sauvignon, providing intriguing aromas of raspberries, chocolate, lavender and anise.

The Story to Know:

From the winery:

We are a small family-owned winery in Sonoma County specializing in mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon. The Watkins Family has been handcrafting boutique wines in Sonoma County since 1979, beginning as farmers and garagistes. For many years we have enjoyed growing grapes in the beautiful countryside of Sonoma County, making only two barrels of wine each vintage. This tiny production of wine was just enough to share with friends and family.

In 2003, we decided to make a little more wine, increasing production to eight barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Barn Block Vineyard on the rugged rocky slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. This allowed us to increase our allocation mailing list to those who had been asking for more of our wines with "strikingly pure flavors and a pronounced sense of place."

Perfect Pairings:

Try this alongside grilled veggies or a vegetarian lasagna. If you're a meat lover, we recommend sticking with lighter meats like chicken or turkey. Try it with grilled chicken with an herb sauce. 

$0 Shipping Selection (4+ bottles)

Plucked from the winery's library: a single vineyard limited production from a year with low yields and high quality. This is what Watkins fans get hot and bothered for; what wine snobs know to be a big deal.

  • Coming off the heels of the fantastically-rated 94 point 2009 vintage, 2010 offered many challenges that resulted in high quality, soft-textured, silky reds--but also resulted in extremely low yields.  Translated, that means there’s not much left of this already rare library vintage.
  • 100% Mayacamas Mountain fruit, these grapes benefit heavily from their terroir: at an elevation of approximately 1200 ft. they’re above the valley fog and the damaging spring frost. The north-south row alignment allows each side of the vine to enjoy equal sun exposure. Bud break is generally earlier resulting in a longer growing season with greater hang time.  During the hot summer months, natural air conditioning from the cool marine air follows the pressure gradient from the ocean over the vineyards allowing the fruit to mature slowly, evenly, and with full physiological ripeness at a lower brix than most wine grape growing locations.
  • The Watkins family has come a long way: they’ve handcrafted wines in Sonoma County since 1979, beginning as farmers and garagistes. During the first decade, wines were fermented in 40-gallon food-grade plastic garbage cans. And the cap was punched down with a 4" by 8" rectangle of plywood nailed to an ax handle . . .
  • But Randall Watkins has come a long from the garagiste legacy: with a master’s degree in enology from UC Davis and stints with a handful of Sonoma’s top estates utilizing state-of-the-art technologies, Watkins eventually concluded that the most interesting and complex wines were those produced using Old World methods, which today are the governing principles behind the Watkins name.

The hearty father of Cabernet Sauvignon. Big spicy berry aromas fill the nose. Ripe blackberry with dark chocolate and pepper on the palate, with oaky tannin and a smooth texture. Nice and long on the finish. Recommended for any big red lover. 93 Points - JZ July '18

93 Insider Points

Cabernet Franc is an important component of blends, softening and rounding out the more angular Cabernet Sauvignon, providing intriguing aromas of raspberries, chocolate, lavender and anise.

From the winery:

We are a small family-owned winery in Sonoma County specializing in mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon. The Watkins Family has been handcrafting boutique wines in Sonoma County since 1979, beginning as farmers and garagistes. For many years we have enjoyed growing grapes in the beautiful countryside of Sonoma County, making only two barrels of wine each vintage. This tiny production of wine was just enough to share with friends and family.

In 2003, we decided to make a little more wine, increasing production to eight barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Barn Block Vineyard on the rugged rocky slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. This allowed us to increase our allocation mailing list to those who had been asking for more of our wines with "strikingly pure flavors and a pronounced sense of place."

Try this alongside grilled veggies or a vegetarian lasagna. If you're a meat lover, we recommend sticking with lighter meats like chicken or turkey. Try it with grilled chicken with an herb sauce.