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Trinitas - Cabernet FRANCis- Knights Valley, Sonoma Valley

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Overview: This wine is made in honor of the Pope. Trinitas Cellars was born in 2002 from the guiding belief of the Busch Family that with family, faith, and perseverance, anything is possible. These values have illuminated their path to, and successes within, world-class resort hospitality. An industry where success is measured by the happiness and memories you inspire in others. With Trinitas Cellars, the second generation of the family hopes to inspire the same in wine enthusiasts. Our goal is to craft wine that’s so compellingly delicious, that the joy it brings creates a window in time where worries are melted away, virtues are celebrated, and life is savored.

At their annual audience with Pope Francis in 2012, Tim and Steph Busch, owners of Trinitas Cellars in Napa, presented him with more bottles of their “Cabernet FRANCis” wine made from Knights Valley grapes. It was the second time the Pope was given the wine named for him.

“Your wine is augmenting the Pope’s vices,” Pope Francis told the Busch’s through an interpreter.

The wine, named for the Pope, is 100 percent Cabernet Franc grapes from John Pelkan’s vineyards in Knights Valley, a half dozen miles north of Calistoga in Sonoma County. “I’m honored,” Pelkan said of the Pope’s fondness for the wine made from his grapes.

When the Busch’s learned in 2013 that Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named Pope, they called their son, Trinitas CEO Garrett Busch, and said they wanted a new wine made for the Pope.

“It would have been logical to make a Malbec,” Pelkan said, since that is an Argentinian grape. But you can’t just pull a ready-made wine out of a hat.

A Cabernet Franc that was in barrel seemed a better choice, and was named Cabernet FRANCis. They hand-bottled and labeled a half-dozen or so bottles, with most of them destined to be given as gifts to cardinals during Tim and Steph Busch’s visit in 2014. They gave away all but one bottle, which they saved for the Pope. When the Pope saw the bottle, he pointed to it and said “Me vino, me vino.”

Later in the day, the Busch’s got a call from someone in the Pope’s office to tell them he shared the bottle at lunch and would like more. Tim Busch got on the phone and contacted all the cardinals they had given bottles to and retrieved those that had not already been drunk.

Tasting Notes:  Our Cabernet Francis was awarded a gold medal, and with just one taste you can see why! The beautiful bouquet opens with plum, elderberry, fleur de sel, clove, and vanilla. The palate is brimming with ripe plum, elderberry, toasty oak notes, and chocolate, that are accented by a light note of fresh herbs. This large scaled Cabernet Franc remains elegant thanks to its balanced acid and great tannin structure. It is a total joy to drink now and will continue to develop in the cellar for years to come.

Pairing: Creamy Polenta with Slow Roasted Mushrooms

Points:  97 pts, KE

Format / ABV: 750 ml/15.5%

In certain circumstances, a specific vintage may not be available. If this is the case, a comparable vintage of the same wine will be substituted for online orders. If shopping in store, please check the bottle for the appropriate vintage. If you have a question about a specific vintage that is in stock please email

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