In a blind tasting of big name Cabernet Francs, the little Trespass winery (yes only 150 cases produced of this vintage) blew away a lot more expensive and highly rated wines, including: Hourglass ($150.00), Cadence, Andrew Will ($75.00), Derencourt ($140.00), Realm ($90.00), Pride ($75.00), Cayuse ($85.00), Del Dotto ($90.00), Crocker Starr ($70.00), Reverie ($60.00) and Wolf Family ($75.00). Trespass was #1 by a long shot.
Another interesting note was that the Trespass average price point that was guessed at $68.00 by the 40 member tasting group! All of the other wines scored lower and were ranked with lower average prices too! For instance Del Dotto’s average price came in at $33.00 (a good $57.00 below its retail price), Pride at $31.00 (a good $44.00 below its retail price), as did the wines from Derencourt and Hourglass! I am a big proponent of blind tastings and this latest tasting is no surprise.
An incredible follow-up vintage. Kirk Venge (yes, Nils Venge’s son – Plumpjack, Stag’s Leap – Nils was THE FIRST 100 POINT winemaker from California, Saddleback, Vegne, etc) does not skip a beat with this latest release. It is beyond awesome. I would almost rate this is the best Cabernet Franc in the Napa Valley, but who am I to say. This wine has an amazing dense purple hue and a touch of anise and black currant on the nose. Extraction would make you think it is Syrah, yet amazingly elegant this wine offers up a storm of black fruit alongside its full-bodied armor. Great balance, with the right amount of fruit and acid. The wine’s finishes with a long silkiness.