When selecting an individual barrel for the 2010 Bois Sauvage, we turned to Master Cooper Alain Fouquet. We wanted to work together to incorporate the impact of new oak without overcoming the fruit. The cool growing season of 2010 led to a later than normal harvest for Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, and it was the ideal vintage to incorporate this idea. Utilizing a barrel with very tight grain wood and a light toast, we were able to slow the process of exchanging of tannins and flavor, giving us the extended aging period of 32 months. The light toast put less char flavor on the wine, and the impression of vanilla sweetness became more apparent.
The name “Bois Sauvage” refers to the wild oak forest from which this barrel hales, which no longer exists: the Wild Wood, as we like to say. Bois Sauvage is actually a double entendre, as the idea of putting new oak on our wines was a very wild idea in the first place!
When we first started working with Block 9 Cabernet Franc from the Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, we knew that this location, combined with the Loire origin clone Entav 214, was going to be an immensely gratifying one. The ideal combination of cool maritime climate, well drained volcanic hillside soils, and sustainable farming practices come together. The Fouquet barrel turned out to be the icing on the cake, providing the wine with elegant structure and delicate sweet flavors from the use of tight grained wood with gentle, light toast. An unbeatable combination leading to an elegant expression of Cabernet Franc.
The 2010 Bois Sauvage Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley displays a translucent, red robe color with delicately faded violet highlights. This leads to a bouquet of cherry-kirsch, rose petal, sandalwood, and dried fine herbs, and delicate top notes of anise and dark Swiss chocolate. The flavors are rich, full, and exotic with soft, mouthwatering flavors that show a hint of chocolate with overtones of vanilla. The wine finishes with a fresh herbal memory and persistent flavor. Over a decade old, it is drinking so beautifully that one would be inclined to enjoy it now. However, continued aging of this wine will likely reward you with even more elegance and crystalline beauty.
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Franc, Clone Entav 214
Appellation: 100% Napa Valley
Vineyard: Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
Alcohol Content: 13.93% by Volume
Total Acidity: 0.49g/100mL
Cooperage: Alain Fouquet, Tallis Chene French Oak Barrels – 32 months
Case Production: 21 Cases (12 x 750mL)
Bottling Date: July 2013
Label Design: Jeanne Greco, Caffe Greco Design, New York
Release Date: May 15, 2021