4.2 Vivino Stars
Bordeaux varieties in Napa are certainly nothing new, but it’s rare to find a Cabernet Franc-based blend in California that shows this much elegance and finesse. The husband-and-wife team behind boutique winery Relic lets nature take its course to create balanced, authentic wines that clearly express their time and place of origin. The 2011 vintage of The Prior—the second release for this beautiful bottling—draws on top Napa vineyards Stagecoach, Frediani, and Kenefick in a fresh, vibrant wine with undulating layers of black fruit and savory spice. This wine can easily hold its own against the great estates of Pomerol and Saint-Émilion.
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