Krupp Brothers

To Be Franc
2017 Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

2019 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 23 | Lot No. 81


Krupp Brothers

To Be Franc

Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • The foundation of this wine is two great blocks of Cabernet Franc kissed with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Perfumed by wonderful Cabernet Franc aromas with a beautiful mouthfeel and a long, luxurious finish
  • Picked at perfection—each grape selected by optical sorting; aging in new Taransaud barrels
  • A delicious wine to open within the next few years, yet age-worthy for decades

With an aim to cultivate some of the most extraordinary Cabernet Franc in Napa Valley, we carefully selected two lots from Stagecoach Vineyard on Pritchard Hill. Harvested at the peak of perfection this unique wine is aged in Taransaud French oak barrels for 18 months. The very best barrels of each lot were chosen, highlighting the beauty of the fruit with 92 percent Cabernet Franc, 4 percent Merlot and 4 percent Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

Julien Fayard

Winemaker, Krupp Brothers

Winemaker, Julien Fayard

Growing up on his family's small vineyard in the Provence region of France, Julien has not missed a harvest since he was 16. Weekend and holiday jobs on the family vineyard eventually turned into a career in the wine business. He trained in Bordeaux, working for the esteemed First Growth Château Lafite-Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte where he oversaw vineyard management and developed his winemaking skills.

After moving to Napa in 2006, Fayard began working alongside Philippe Melka as Director of Winemaking at Atelier Melka. There he honed his winemaking skills all the while learning more about the multiple climates and terroirs that make up the Napa Valley.

Country born: France

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Vineyard-centric. A blend of new and old world, applying new world creativity and technology to the old-world focus on complexity and aromatics.

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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

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