2015 Cabernet Francis

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The Best Cabernet Franc: Trinitas 2015 Cabernet Francis

A wine fit for a Pope!

This behemoth opens with an abundance of ripe fruit aromas. Notes of blackberry and plum are melded together with clove and jasmine tea to make a captivating bouquet. The dark purple palate gushes with flavors of blackberry, elderberry, plum, cardamom, vanilla, and berry blossoms that glide into a persistent finish marked by notes of graham cracker. This is the most dense and juicy vintage we have made, and is Cabernet Franc at its most decadent! Just delicious!

Winemaking Notes

After a six-day cold soak, these berries saw an extended maceration of 40 days, followed by 18 months barrel aging in 80% new French oak.

(Alcohol % 15.9)

A Wine Fit for a Pope - The Story Behind the Bottle

At their annual audience with Pope Francis in 2012, Tim and Steph Busch, owners of Trinitas Cellars in Napa, presented him with more bottles of their “Cabernet FRANCis” wine made from Knights Valley grapes. It was the second time the Pope was given the wine named for him.

“Your wine is augmenting the Pope’s vices,” Pope Francis told the Busch’s through an interpreter.

The wine, named for the Pope, is 100 percent Cabernet Franc grapes from John Pelkan’s vineyards in Knights Valley, a half dozen miles north of Calistoga in Sonoma County. “I’m honored,” Pelkan said of the Pope’s fondness for the wine made from his grapes.

When the Busch’s learned in 2013 that Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named Pope, they called their son, Trinitas CEO Garrett Busch, and said they wanted a new wine made for the Pope.

“It would have been logical to make a Malbec,” Pelkan said, since that is an Argentinian grape. But you can’t just pull a ready-made wine out of a hat.

A Cabernet Franc that was in barrel seemed a better choice, and was named Cabernet FRANCis. They hand-bottled and labeled a half-dozen or so bottles, with most of them destined to be given as gifts to cardinals during Tim and Steph Busch’s visit in 2014. They gave away all but one bottle, which they saved for the Pope. When the Pope saw the bottle, he pointed to it and said “Me vino, me vino.”

Later in the day, the Busch’s got a call from someone in the Pope’s office to tell them he shared the bottle at lunch and would like more. Tim Busch got on the phone and contacted all the cardinals they had given bottles to and retrieved those that had not already been drunk.





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Trinitas Cellars: Award-Winning Napa Wines

Founded in 2002, Trinitas Cellars is a renowned producer of Napa Valley Chardonnay and Napa Valley Cabernet that is crafted in the iconic California style. We source fruit from a diverse range of carefully selected Northern California vineyard sites. Our wines showcase site specific character, are exceedingly delicious, and offer excellent value. Hospitality is at our core, and everything from our wines, to our experiences, will make you smile and savor your moment.

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