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Cabernet Franc - Clone 214
Description: Clone 214 is reported to be higher performance in Napa Valley in rocky soils on 3309. In California, ENTAV-INRA 174; 210, 212, 214, 327, and 623 became available after 2000. Clone 214 is reported to be relatively higher performance that FPS 01, -03, -04. Cabernet franc FPS 03 came from Conegliano, Italy. The generic French clones available at FPS are Cabernet franc FPS 04 (French 332), 05 (French 331), 11 (French 214), 12 (French 327), and 13 (French 312). Clone 214 is new.
Cabernet Franc works in selected locations in the Napa Valley, in rock in American Canyon north of Highway 12 to Soscol opposite Napa Valley College. It does not work well in the Carneros marine soils and in Carneros in a mixed soil of marine soils and rock north of Highway 12 at the Sonoma/Napa county line and even along Henry Road in Carneros.
Reviewed By Ry Winemaker
Cabernet Franc in Napa Valley can be great when it has a silky texture that only Cabernet Franc has for the nine Bordeaux varietals.
Reviewed By Leo Winemaker
I am finding good to excellent results with my customers with this modern clonal selection from ENTAV. The scoop is that this clone works in the coldest parts of Napa Valley on rocky soils, think American Canyon to Soscol. It does not work in the marine soils in the Carneros. Even in the well drained mixed marine and rocky soils along upper Highway 121 near the Sonoma/Napa County line the Cabernet France Clone 214 does not work well. Why? We think has to do with the vines shutting down, due to water availability, in August.