Rated “Outstanding” by Robert M. Parker, Jr
The 2010 Proprietary Red is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 26% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. A beautiful nose of blueberries, raspberries, violets and forest floor are followed by a medium to full-bodied, dense wine with striking purity, plenty of ripe fruit and an ethereal sense of elegance and lightness for such intense flavors. There is not a hard edge to be found in this luscious wine that should drink nicely for 12-15 years.
This is a project of Jennifer Williams, a young, talented winemaker, who is using some old vine Cabernet Franc from a vineyard once exploited by Tony Soter before he moved to Oregon. These are interesting, complex wines, and consumers who believe Napa Valley cannot produce elegant, finesse-filled reds should check them out.
- Robert M. Parker Jr
The brilliant 2010 Proprietary Red is composed of 60% Cabernet Franc, 26% Merlot and the rest other Bordeaux grape varietals. Fragrant notes of boysenberries, blueberries and acacia flowers are followed by a dense, rich, medium to full-bodied wine with striking purity and elegance as well as sweet tannins. This lovely 2010 can be drunk now and over the next decade.
An interesting small production boutique winery, Arrow & Branch uses at least 60% Cabernet Franc in its blends (the fruit had previously been sold to Tony Soter for his Napa operation prior to him purchasing an estate in Oregon).
- Robert M. Parker Jr | Second Review in Wine Advocate
Combines rich layers of dark berry, currant, mocha and cedar in an elegant, graceful style, gliding along on the subtle finish. Shows just the right amount of tannins. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2023. 260 cases made.
–JL | Wine Spectator, 92pts
Produced: 260 Cases
60% Cabernet Franc
8% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Petit Verdot
Cabernet Franc - Oct 15th
Merlot - Oct 9th
Cabernet Sauvignon - Oct 14th
Arrow&Branch Estate Vineyard
& Stagecoach Vineyards
Appellation: Coombsville & Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
Barrel Aging: 20 Months in 100% French oak barrels,
The 2010 Arrow&Branch Napa Valley Red Wine blends five Bordeaux varieties to create a unique and pleasurable wine that pops with a lively energy from nose to palate. It boasts a vinous perfume of spice (think anise), tobacco, candied orange peel and savory herbs. Warm and peppery on the entry, its ripe fruit include fresh blackberries and sweet cherry reduction. It’s a supple, seamless, layered wine of violet and berry compote made complex by notes of warm baked bread. The wood is quietly integrated leaving traces of milk chocolate and creating a gentle support for a beautiful wine. Interesting, with deft balance, this wine is structured and delightfully fresh but also suavely textured, long and full; finishing with a pleasing sweetness. This harmonious beauty will improve in the bottle over the next 10-15 years.
Jennifer Williams | Winemaker