About the Wine
"Frisson" is a French term that captures a moment of pure excitement, a thrilling rush that awakens the senses. This word echoes through Frisson wines, its story, and its philosophy. It's an invitation to a journey that blends strength with elegance, boldness with finesse – and the result is this wine.
The Frisson story begins with a shared dream between owner Terry Davis and winemaker Wayne Donaldson when they united their vision to craft exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Driven by their passion, they ventured into winemaking, determined to create wines that embody Napa Valley's magic and Sonoma County's grace.
Terry's journey from dreaming about wine to actually creating it highlights his strong determination. After retiring, he enthusiastically embraced winemaking, turning his dreams into reality.
Wayne Donaldson’s global winemaking journey led him to Napa Valley. His dedication to crafting wines mirroring vineyard character makes him a heart of Frisson. He works hand in hand with Paul Colantuoni, a very talented winemaker who blends Old World sophistication with New World exuberance. His extensive experience in both Europe and the US shaped his uniqueness.
2019 was a fabulous year for Napa Valley. Wine Spectator awarded this year a 97-point score, and Vinous Media gave it 96 points saying that "The 2019 Napa Valley Cabernets have turned out beautifully. 2019 is a very high-quality vintage of Cabernets that will be easy to drink and enjoy with minimal cellaring. The extra kick of late heat softened the tannins, making the wines a pleasure to taste and drink."
Aging: 18 months in French oak barrels, 40% new.
Tasting Notes: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot
We were mesmerized by its woodsy perfume of sage and sandalwood. A flash of dark plum and fig brings in a plush mouthfeel, with black-peppered boysenberry leading the charge. Energetic and well-structured. Tannins are supple and there’s a brightness of fruit, a depth of graphite and oak, and an overall marvelous balance. ~95 Tasting Panel Magazine
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