93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cabernet Franc displays pronounced red and black cherries, mulberries and warm raspberries scents with underlying blueberries, pencil shavings and dried Provence herbs plus a waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers mouth-filling red and blue fruits with a firm, grainy frame and bold freshness, finishing long and perfumed.
93pts Jeb Dunnuck
Lastly, the 2017 Cabernet Franc comes from Napa Valley (I'm not exactly sure where the fruit is from) and is all varietal. It's a more opulent wine than the Cabernet and has considerable fruit, richness, and depth on the palate, loads of dark, chocolaty fruit, and terrific notes of spring flowers, gravelly earth, forest floor, and hints of espresso. Beautifully done and balanced, with sweet tannins, it’s a beautiful wine.
93pts James Suckling
Lots of crushed-blackberry and floral aromas with raspberries, too. Very clear and bright. Full-bodied, dense and crisp with lots of fruit, yet it remains tight and toned. Some hot stones at the finish. Pretty big wine, but shows tension. Drink or hold.
One of the treasures of the Chappellet portfolio, this complex and concentrated Cabernet Franc showcases how beautifully this grape expresses itself when grown on the high-mountain slopes of Pritchard Hill. Offering a mosaic of fruit, herb and spice notes, it displays aromas of dark cherry, cassis, olive and sage, as well as oak-inspired hints of vanilla, nutmeg and clove. On the palate it is supple and elegant, with plush tannins and luxurious flavors of black cherry, chocolate, graphite, cedar and roasted coffee gliding to a long, complex finish.
Blend: 75% Cabernet Franc, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot