Our 100% Cabernet Franc is a medium-bodied wine that displays the deepest hue of red. Herbaceous and spicy aromas carry through to the palate where flavors of black current and dark fruit add to the weight of the wine. The wine finishes with fine dusty tannins that leave a velvety texture that lingers.
2019 was a challenging growing season. Above average rainfall persisted throughout the spring with the last rainfall occurring May 31st. These conditions kept the spring free of frost threats but relatively cool, leading to slow vine growth. The cooler weather also delayed fruit development. The summer months were somewhat erratic with short heat waves followed by cooler periods. These conditions helped the vines and clusters to somewhat catch up. Ultimately, the cooler weather persisted with only a few autumn heat spikes, leading to slower berry maturities and a later harvest. Mid- late October brought overnight freezes which required some harvest mitigation, but by early November harvest was complete and the late harvest resulted in intense color and great tannin structure.
After harvest, three vineyard lots were fermented individually in small stainless-steel tanks for 10-14 days. Extended macerations and carefully managed pump overs enhanced the extraction of color and tannin. The lots were aged separately for 7 months in 65% New American Oak, and 35% Neutral French and American Oak. The wine was racked only once during its cellar life, with the final racking occurring just prior to bottling in late June of 2020.