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red wine asuka cabernet franc Napa Valley

Asuka is the name of the town in the Nara Prefecture where founder Kenzo Tsujimoto was born, and when translated, represents "a bright future," and "hope for tomorrow." With bountiful aromatics, this 2017 Cabernet Franc is a wonderfully approachable and vibrant red wine.  A vivid arrangement of floral, chocolate and spice notes flourish from the glass. As its name suggests, this is an elegant wine to enjoy today, and inspires anticipation for its bright future.

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“This is a precise and intense Cabernet Franc that has so much fruit and chocolate character. It's full-bodied with polished tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Not many Cabernet Francs like this around.”

James Suckling on asuka

2017

Color

Dark ruby red

Bouquet

Floral notes, cocoa, coffee, cassis, white pepper, spice, blueberry & bright red fruit

Palate

Soft and well balanced with lush tannins and a lingering finish

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Franc (89%), Cabernet Sauvignon (7%), Malbec (4%)

Volume

1.5L, 750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

15.2% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 50% new French oak, 50% neutral French oak

2016

Awards 2016 Vintage

95 points & Editors' Choice | Wine Enthusiast
95 points | James Suckling
 

Color

Deep purple

Bouquet

Honeysuckle, cinnamon, nutmeg, forest floor, currant, blueberry preserves, orange zest, violet

Palate

Blackberry compote, vanilla, cassis, lush tannins 

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Franc (96%), Cabernet Sauvignon (4%)

Volume

1.5L, 750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

15.2% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 50% new French oak, 50% neutral French oak

2015

Awards

96 points | James Suckling
Top 100 American Wine of 2018 | James Suckling

Color

Vibrant, rich purple

Bouquet

Honeysuckle, black pepper, sage, forest floor, currant, blueberry preserves, orange zest, rose petal

Palate

Red plum, vanilla, cassis, lush tannins

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Franc (100%)

Volume

1.5L, 750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

15.2% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 50% new French oak, 50% neutral French oak

2014

Color

Dark garnet

Bouquet

White pepper, currant, blueberry, cassis, violets, mint, rose petal

Palate

Vanilla, fresh blueberries, dried cranberries, fine tannins, medium body

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Franc (76%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Merlot (8%), Malbec (1.5%), Petit Verdot (1.5%)

Volume

1.5L, 750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

15.2% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 50% new French oak, 50% neutral French oak

2013

Color

Dark purple

Bouquet

Dark cherry, earth, chocolate

Palate

Supple tannins gently reveal chocolate, raspberry and notes of mocha

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Franc (94%), Merlot (6%)

Volume

1.5L, 750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

14.8%

Barrel Aging

20 months in 60% new French oak, 40% neutral French oak

2012

Color

Dark purple

Bouquet

Dark cherry, plum, earth

Palate

Supple tannins gently reveal chocolate, plum and notes of mocha

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Franc (94.1%), Merlot (5.9%)

Volume

1.5L, 750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

14.8%

Barrel Aging

20 months in 60% new French oak, 40% neutral French oak