2013 All Hallows' Eve Cabernet Franc

2013 All Hallows' Eve Cabernet Franc


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It's no secret that Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and this year we're celebrating with a special Halloween library release: our 2013 All Hallow's Eve Cabernet Franc. We love the creepy label art; it was created by NY-based artist Arik Roper, whose work can be seen on album covers, concert posters and in music journals. A Wikipedia write-up about Arik says: "The imagery springs from the depths of a fertile imagination, invoking psychedelic visions, ancient dreams, and idyllic natural environments." Sounds like our kind of guy! Oh, and check out the Omega sign on the label; it's a nod to one of the original stones from our Ghost Winery.

Our Cabernet Franc is sourced from the Komes Vineyard in Rutherford, from a small block near John Komes' home. The 2013 has generous flavors of deep red strawberry preserves, Santa Rosa plum and fresh black cherries. Spicy notes of clove and turmeric mingle with the fruit on the rich, well-rounded palate. There's a hint of roasted espresso and chocolate from the oak barrel aging, and the wine finishes with round tannins that coat the mouth and leave a lasting impression.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Cabernet Franc
Cases Produced:200
Aging:100% barrel aged – 20% new, 40% 1 yr, 40% 2 yr for 20 months
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2020 for optimum enjoyment.

On the Vine

Though 2012 was a stellar vintage, 2013 may have been even better. In Napa Valley a warm, dry spring brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With the exception of one heat spike, temperatures in June and July were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and ripening. Harvest was early, and when it came to a close it was about two weeks earlier than other Napa Valley harvests of the last decade.

Gold Star
iSanté Magazine
"Aromas of ripe black currant, black cherry, ripe plum, and baking spice, over light vanilla oak. Ripe blackberry, black cherry, warm toast and espresso notes on the palate. Soft tannins, with and essence of dark chocolate on the balanced, flavorful finish."
Don't be afraid to open these
"...the haunting figure of the specter of doom holding an "Omega" (the end) flask – is the limited production All Hallow’s Eve 2013 cabernet franc. But, don’t be afraid. Aromas of clove and sage gently tempt the senses as haunting flavors of cinnamon, dark cherry and strawberries seduce the palate. Pour this spirited selection with boned chicken with red reduction or eye of newt."
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— Julia Hollister,
2013 Flora Springs All Hallow's Eve Napa Valley Cabernet Franc
The Nittany Epicurean
"Happy Halloween! I've found the perfect wine to enjoy today as part of my series of discovery of some of the great wines of California...

This wine is 100% cabernet franc and comes from the Komes Vineyard in the Rutherford district of Napa Valley. Following fermentation, the wine was aged for twenty months in a combination of 20% new, 40% 1-year-old and 40% 2-year-old French barrels. Only 200 cases were produced...

The art for the label was created by New York-based artist, Arik Roper. His work is often found on album covers, concert posters and in music journals...

The wine showed a dark ruby almost opaque color. Blackberry, cassis, violet, vanilla, oak and whiffs of eucalyptus could all be found on a deep and brooding nose. Blackberry, cassis, violet, mocha, vanilla, oak and eucalyptus followed on the palate with the mocha and vanilla emerging as the wine opened up. The wine exhibited great structure and good length, along with chewy tannins. This robust wine with lush texture would pair very well with a seared dry-aged New York Strip Steak or a roast leg of lamb." Read more.

Wines for Goblins
Log Cabin Democrat
"Not all Halloween wines focus more on the label than the wine. This cabernet franc from a great producer has blueberry and dark berry fruit, spice and chocolate and a long finish. The label is scary; the wine is not." Read more.
— The Wine Guys: Tom Marquadt and Patrick Darr
Vinography Unboxed: Week of November 29, 2015
"Very dark garnet in color, this wine smells of black plum and roasted nuts. In the mouth, leather, plum, and cocoa powder mix with a hint of nutmeg. The fruit is lifted and juicy thanks to great acidity, and powdery tannins coat the roof of the mouth. Needs to mellow a bit, but the core of deliciousness is there. Nicely integrated wood. Score: around 9." Read more.

Wine of the Week: All Hallow’s Eve 2013 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley
St. Helena Star
"It was a dark, dark night, there was a knife...and they were thirsty. So they cut the foil off the top of one of these special Halloween wine bottles, pulled the cork and had a deliciously fun Hallow’s Eve.

These Flora Spring wines are the perfect tale for Halloween night. The winery’s ghoulish fetish has historic roots: Flora Springs is one of the original Napa Valley ghost wineries, built in the mid to late 1900s and later abandoned for decades.
These limited production wines sell out fast, but you can keep them in mind for the next dark, dark night.

All Hallow’s Eve 2013 Cabernet Franc is a mix of dark cherry and red plum fruits with warm baking spices." Read more.
— Catherine Bugue, St. Helena Star