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Our lady of the mountain continues to dazzle with her intriguing range of rich and colorful notes and flavors. Blackberry and cherry tinged with black pepper and spice fills the nose, along with chocolate, mocha, milk chocolate and vanilla, which makes for delightful anticipation of the flavors to come. The tannins are restrained yet significantly rich. French oak gifts spice notes and a mouthfeel that is medium to full and with graceful balance. Black fruit, subtle earth and a tease of spice … this wine evolves and changes in the glass, making it a thrill to drink.
This valley floor big boy shows its pedigree from its home on the Rutherford Bench. Cellared in French oak, it shows a delightful complexity and palate-pleasing mouthfeel. A little dust on its feet and some spice on its fruit, this wine is an opulent expression of all we love in a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.
No shy Cabernet up here on Mt. Veeder. Deep purple color and intense flavor come right up and introduce themselves. Our first vintage from this lofty point in Napa Valley may be a new friend, but will be one that lovers of this appellation will want to get to know better.
The 2014 Frisson Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is the quintessential expression of the Cabernet grape. The wine has an unbridled, youthful quality of plum, black cherry and olallieberry fruit that is balanced by an elegant layer of cedar, tobacco leaf and Thai basil in both the nose and on the palate. A bit headstrong, and beautifully balanced, this velvety, unctuous Cabernet embodies the best of the vineyard. With its perfectly ripe fruit, just the right amount of oak and rich tannins, the 2014 Frisson Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon should enjoy a good, long life.
Craggy, boulder-strewn, wind-kissed, Stagecoach is known for its “extreme terroir”. This balance of volcanic soils, sun, fog and altitude creates the ideal environment for the Bordeaux varietals, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. Our Frisson has all the promise and pedigree to fulfill its destiny of intense flavor, nose and palate.
This sensuous Chardonnay is perfect for lovers of this varietal, and begins with the romance of the nose. Honey, caramel, a hint of ripe apricot lead to a deeper embrace of peach, a little honeydew and a satisfying edge of limestone tempered with more honey. The palate is full and satisfyingly rich with a long vanilla finish.
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This is a deeper, darker, ruby red cabernet that one would expect from the landscape of the Rutherford Bench. The nose proffers a palette of blackberry and currant with a whiff of coffee and cassis. Rutherford “dust” lends its earthiness to opulent flavors that come together in a nice, palate coating mouthfeel entirely engaged in balanced acids and friendly tannins that, though big and rich, are tempered with softly round edges. The restrained use of French oak brings out intelligent complexity, and the finish just goes on and on. This wine is a cab drinker’s cab, a composition of fruit, earth and spice that is a feast for all the senses.
A complex aria of blackberry and cherry tinged with black pepper and spice fills the nose. Further study reveals chocolate, mocha, milk chocolate and vanilla, which makes for delightful anticipation of the flavors to come. The tannins are restrained for Diamond Mountain, yet significantly rich with grip and some astringency. French oak gifts spice notes and a mouthfeel that is medium to full; very balanced and proportional and it carries itself gracefully. Blackberry, chocolate, cassis… this wine evolves and changes in the glass to reveal octaves of depth and character, making it a thrill to drink and discuss.
This Napa cabernet has all the best features of its Diamond Mountain and Rutherford parents, beginning with pretty, high toned purple fruit and enticing, perfumery notes of spring flowers. Medium bodied, its brambly raspberry fruit character shows darker fruit highlights and a bright, precise, vibrant acidity. Restrained, nicely balanced use of oak yields a nice touch of spice and refined, polished tannins.
This two bottle set of our 2013 vintage includes the 92-rated Rutherford Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon and 94 rated Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in a wooden box etched with the Frisson logo. (750 ml). Gift card can be included.
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