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2016 All Hallows' Eve Cabernet Franc

2016 All Hallows' Eve Cabernet Franc

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Continuing our decade-long annual tradition, we proudly present the latest in our limited-edition Halloween Wine series.

Nat Komes collaborated with an award-winning artist to develop a completely unique label for our 2016 All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc. Emmeline Forrestal is a children’s book illustrator who enjoyed a successful career as a theatrical wig maker before turning her attention to illustrating full time. Talk about eclectic! For this label Forrestal wove together traditional Halloween imagery for a tableau that is unsettlingly eerie and beautiful.

The wine comes from a small block near John Komes’ home on the Rutherford side of the Komes Ranch. Warm and inviting, it features mouth-filling flavors of fresh-baked blackberry pie, black raspberry and rich plum mingled with vanilla, mocha, sassafras and hints of black licorice. Accents of nutmeg and cardamom add spicy complexity and interest. This is a crowd-pleasing Cabernet Franc, with a soft, silky texture, smooth tannins and a lasting impression of deliciously-ripe dark fruit.

This unique bottle is available to Wine Club Members only. Great Tastes Members are guaranteed a one-bottle allocation in their September 2018 shipment. If you are interested in acquiring this wine, we encourage you to join the Wine Club today. Please contact us at (800) 913-1118 with any questions.

All the Facts

Appellation:Rutherford, Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Cabernet Franc
Cases Produced:300
Aging:22 months in French and American oak barrels
Price:$55
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2023

On the Vine

An early bud break followed by warm weather and spring rains brought a rapid start to the 2016 growing season, a near perfect year with beautiful weather from bloom, to berry set, to veraison and harvest. Napa Valley winemakers and vineyard managers worked closely together as the season progressed to ensure grapes ripened uniformly, adjusting vine canopies, thinning fruit and keeping a close eye on soil moisture. The harvest began in mid-August and wrapped up by mid-October, just ahead of the valley’s first significant fall rainstorm.

Wine of the week: Flora Springs All Hallows’ Eve 2016 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley
St. Helena Star
"It was dark. She was tense. He came at her with a knife.

And as she grabbed the knife away from him, she sighed irritably, and used the corkscrew end to open the wine bottle herself. She was in no mood for his theatrics.

It’s Halloween — it’s time for stories! Why not gather up friends and good wine on the 31st for a night’s respite from the weekly grind? Adding a wine like Flora Spring’s iconic All Hallows’ Eve Cabernet Franc brings good fun to the mix. The 2016 Cabernet Franc label features a spooked black cat and carved pumpkin; the wine has enough rich dark fruits and spice complexity to stand up to the spookiest of ghost stories.

See also special etched bottles like the Drink in Peace Merlot, complete with coffin wine box." Read more.
—Catherine Bugue, October 16, 2018