Cabernet Franc – Merlot is an established and important variant on the classic Bordeaux blend, particularly on the Right Bank. The two varieties have complementary features: Merlot's dark, juicy fruit is balanced by the herbal aromas and structure of Cabernet Franc.
Screaming Eagle is one of Napa Valley's smallest wineries. The little stone winery is perched on a rocky hillside in the Oakville Appellation overlooking the vineyard planted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged in 65% new French oak barrels for almost two years. Annual production is approximately 500 cases with most wine sold directly to consumers via a mailing list. The winery's first release was approximately 200 cases of the 1992 vintage.