Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Region: America / California / Sonoma County
Grapes: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, with Malbec, Mourvedre and Syrah

The grapes for the Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon originate from four different appellations within Sonoma County. These carefully selected vineyards contribute individual qualities to the finished wine. For this thick-skinned and late-ripening variety, harvest often occurs from late October through November. All grapes are hand harvested, gently destemmed and crushed, then undergo fermentation separately by variety in temperature-controlled tanks. After both primary and malolactic fermentation are complete, the wines are each racked to their own barrel lot. Then the blend is made and the wine matures in bottle prior to release.

88 Points

Wine Spectator

2016 vintage
Double Gold Medal

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2016 vintage
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harvest note

Harvest in 2016 started in the middle of August during a pattern of warm sunny days cooled by foggy mornings and breezy afternoons for most of the area. The early months of the year were very mild with little rain allowing the vines to progress steadily and uneventfully. Yields throughout the region were slightly below average but moderate weather starting in early summer gave the fruit plenty of time to develop great color and flavor, resulting in beautifully balanced wines.

tasting note

Balanced and vibrant, this medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon shows off expressive aromas and flavors of dark, red fruits and berries with notes of black licorice, cocoa powder, dried sage and toast. The oak is well-integrated for good structure and a smooth, lingering finish.

food pairing

An excellent companion to aged blue cheese, braised or grilled beef, and roast pork with fruit.

technical data

GRAPES: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, with Malbec, Mourvedre and Syrah
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
PH: 3.76
ACIDITY: 0.56 g/100ml
ABV: 14.8%
AGING: 18 months, 100% French Oak

points of distinction

  • A rich, full-bodied California Cabernet
  • Matured for 18 months in oak barrels for a complex flavor
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“This is a rich and velvety Cabernet Sauvignon meant to be sipped slowly and enjoyed immensely.”

– Chris Louton, Winemaker

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