Napa Valley, California
Corte Riva Cabernet Franc 2010
Ripe plum, black cherry and violets leap out of the glass. Complex flavors of sweet black fruit, blackberries, raspberries, and tobacco leaf make for a versatile wine. Perfect to drink with a hearty stew.
Corte Riva was founded by husband and wife Nieves and Lawrence Cortez and Nieves' cousin Romel Rivera (hence Corte Riva) in 2001. They had emigrated from the Philippines to California in the '70s and worked in various wineries before eventually founding their own. Aside form his duties at Corte Riva, Romel is also the assistant winemaker at the highly regarded Pride Mountain Vineyards. The grapes for Corte Riva are sourced from various vineyards in Napa and occasionally the surrounding counties like Lake and Sonoma as well.