Less known than her Cabernet Sauvignon is Cathy Corison’s Cabernet Franc, grown in a vineyard she’s been farming organically for decades and has more recently acquired: Sunbasket. The wine is highly perfumed, supremely floral with a suggestion of beach rose, lily of the valley, anise seed, and tarragon. The palate is light-textured, the tannins finely integrated with scintillant acidity. The flavors read like red cherries and red licorice, with a finishing note of basil, tea, and pine. This wine doesn’t have the stridently herbaceous quality of some Cab Franc. It’s more flower than leaf.
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2014 Corison Helios Cabernet Franc Sunbasket Vineyard St. Helena Napa Valley
13.7% ABV | Current release (2019) is $125 (sample)
Disclosure: The winemaker is a friend.