2016 Morlet Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc Force de la Nature Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

Cabernet Franc

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 2021 - 2046 (Edit)
CT96.3 4 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 4

  • Montesquieu Likes this wine: 96 points

    October 18, 2021 - Lenoir wine dinner for 16 friends (Lenoir restaurant): The most extracted Cab Franc I've ever enjoyed. It's a monster. I might rate it more highly if drinking it alone, on a cold evening, with the right food. (It would shine with Texas smoked brisket or a braised short rib.) Our tasting perhaps shortchanged the bottle, since we were late in the evening, and this was paired alongside subtler aged New World Bordeaux blends. The pairing was my bad, but when offered the chance to try this, I couldn't pass. It was the WOTN against stiff competition for a few of our crowd of 16.

  • csimm1161 wrote: 95 points

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): Hot and ripe on the first pop, but then it gets right into a nice stride, inviting another sip (and another bite of food). Plump black cherry, black and red currant, red and black licorice, and wilted violet notes. I had to revisit this a few times before I was able to dive deeper into what it was trying to convey. The booze continued on the back end, slightly distracting from the core fruit. Focus was a bit compromised as a result. Nevertheless, this offers gobs of enjoyment and will likely perform even more unified once it has a chance to sleep for a number of years. I’ve found that Morlet’s big reds often take 8-10 years from vintage before they truly find their finest glide. Try again after 2026+.

  • Cailles wrote: 95 points

    February 9, 2021 - This was my first time trying this unicorn, incredibly hard to find with lots of praise from the critics and 100% Cab Franc. The highly intense nose and 16% ABV would make you think that this will be a thick, very dense, heavy powerhouse, but despite all the intensity and ripeness, it remains very soft and airy, almost weightless - Cab Franc magic. Together with all the complexity and precision, that is what makes this an absolute world class wine. I can see the perfect scores and high praises but for me, to be at the absolute top, I would have to feel the urge to drink this every night - and I don‘t as I already feel drunk after 2.5 glasses and some heat/alcohol is showing on the nose and finish. Nevertheless, a bucket list wine and amazing. In the best moments it is drinking at 98/99 points, but with the alcohol he cannot be in that infamous >97 point category.

    TN: Expressive nose of ripe but not jammy dark fruit. Intense blackberries, cassis and black cherries. Chocolate and loads of herbs, mostly in the slightly medicinal way with eucalyptus. Same complex aroma profile on the palate with lots of wonderfully ripe but pure and fresh dark and blue berries and black cherries, kirsch, with hints of red currant and with more time more and more red berries. Chocolate, basically Black Forest cake, sage, medicinal herbal notes bordering on mint and especially eucalyptus, crushed rocks, tobacco, some smoke. On night two it‘s even stronger, more round and harmonious, with more red fruit and caramel notes. Highly intense, very complex, very precise. The structure is a highlight with ultra fine tannins, a high but well integrated acidity and this unbelievable weightless texture with freshness and creaminess combined in the best way. Very long and complex finish with just a hint of alcohol showing.

    Decanting: PnP. Good from the go. But even better on day two, creamier, rounder and softer with more red fruit and sexy caramel aroma. Hence, a long decant could be beneficial.

    Glass: Conterno Sensory

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 99 points

    January 9, 2020 - This is definitely a WOW wine. Roses, cherries, cassis, forest floor and lots of gorgeous floral elements dominate the nose. Packed and stacked like no Cab Franc I've ever tasted, this shows off awesome depth of flavor, wonderful texture, a tremendous mix of fruit and savory elements, plus off the charts purity and seamlessness. The tannins are super fine grained, and there is enough acidity to give it great balance. The finish is off the charts long. Tons of complexity here, and this is built for the long haul. Nevertheless, I am getting a lot of enjoyment out of it now. Definitely give it a lot of air.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Morlet Family Vineyards
  • Varietal Cabernet Franc
  • Designation Force de la Nature
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 15 (3%)
  • In Cellars 420 (88%)
  • Consumed 41 (9%)

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