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N°17 Cabernet Franc Reviews

Score: 94 | January 1, 2021 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

The No. 17 (Cabernet Franc) is bursting at the seams with blackberry jam, espresso, chocolate, spice, new leather and menthol. Potent and yet well-balanced for such a big wine, the 2018 has much to recommend it. This ample, full-throttle wine will drink beautifully for another decade or so. -- Antonio Galloni

Score: 95 | January 31, 2020 |

Made from 100% Cabernet Franc from a single vineyard on the east side of St. Helena, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB #17 sports a deep ruby/plum color as well as a savory, complex bouquet of blackcurrants, dried herbs, loamy earth, and chocolate. With full-bodied richness, a seamless texture, and no hard edges, it's a stunning Cabernet Franc that does everything right. It’s stunning today yet will cruise for 15+ years in cool cellars.

Score: 94 | October 31, 2019 | Wine Advocate

One hundred percent Cabernet Franc aged in 50% new French oak and bottled without fining or filtration, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Cabernet Franc No. 17 delivers a spritely, electrically charged nose of Morello cherries, boysenberries, wild blueberries and warm red currants with a fragrant undercurrent of underbrush, pencil shavings, Ceylon tea, lavender and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is taut and sturdy with firm, ripe, grainy tannins and loads of savory layers, finishing long and earthy.

Score: 96 | January 31, 2019 |

A huge bouquet of ripe blackberry fruits, olive tapenade, and chocolate emerges from the 2016 Cabernet Franc #17, which includes a small splash of Cabernet Sauvignon and was raised in 50% new oak. It’s full-bodied, has building structure, plenty of fine tannins, and a great finish. It’s another winner from this terrific team.

Score: 95+ | October 29, 2018 | Wine Advocate

Made up of 95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 20 months in 50% new French oak, the 2016 Cabernet Franc No. 17 is deep garnet-purple in color with warm red and black cherries and red currant jelly aromas with potpourri, earth and smoked meats plus a waft of tobacco and cardamom. The palate is very vibrant, red fruited, perfumed, firm and grainy with great texture and freshness, finishing very long. 52 cases produced.

Score: 95+ | December 29, 2017 | Wine Advocate

Containing a 4% splash of Cabernet Sauvignon, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Franc No. 17 has a gorgeous red currants, blackberries and black cherries nose with bay leaves, pencil lead, cedar and roses hints. Medium-bodied, fine, refreshing and elegant, it's silky textured and lively, finishing very long and minerally. Only 70 cases were made.

Score: 93 | May 1, 2014 |
Slightly lifted nose with mint, dried-flower and berry character. Full to medium body with firm, silky tannins and a fresh, clean finish. I really like the refined austerity to this.
Score: 90 | October 1, 2013 | Wine Advocate
According to Jean-Charles Boisset’s words, the 2010 Cabernet Franc JCB No. 17 is “profound, indulgent, secretive.” Blueberry, raspberry, forest floor, bouquet garni and spice aromas jump from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-colored Cabernet Franc. Stylish, restrained and impressive, this medium-bodied, ethereal, subtle effort is a classy, complex example of its varietal. Not a blockbuster, it is a nuanced, intellectual red wine that should drink well for a decade or more.
Score: 94 | August 1, 2013 | Wine Enthusiast
This is a wonderful wine that has the dry complexity and tannic structure of a great Napa red, with rich layers of cherries, red currants, mocha and sweet smoky oak. Yet it’s supple, with a deft drinkability. A brilliant interpretation of the variety, it’s hard to keep from popping the cork now, but should age well for 8–10 years.