Purchased at Gilliam’s winery in Napa, $35. Small winery, only selective areas will carry this wine.
Aaron: If ever there was an example of great wine selling, Guillians is it. This very small, private winery was one of the highlights of our trip and reminded me why I prefer small vineyards. This particular vintage was opened specially for us as the winemaker felt that there were some inconsistencies from year to year. We tried it and fell in love. It’s the first Cab Franc bottle that I’ve ever had and I would highly recommend it. The flavors were full but not overbearing and the nose was very pleasant. 90 points
Teri: This wine holds a special place in my heart because of the story behind it. Searching for smaller private winery’s on our trip to Napa this one was suggested to us by the docent at the visitors center. We called ahead and made a reservation…directly with the wine maker herself, Shawn Gulliam. Shawn treated us like family spending over an hour with us talking about each of her wines, describing her wine making process, discussing the nature of the spring mountain region, and even opening up a few new bottles just for us. I have had only tasted a few Cab Franc in my life and this one was by far the best. It had a nice full body flavor of darker berries with a smooth lingering finish and a hint of oak. If you have a chance, visit Shawn Gilliam in the spring mountain region of Napa and prepare to be impressed. 88 points
Information on Guilliam’s Viniards:
tasting by appointment only