2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve
This is a bright, medium bodied, fruit driven wine with aromatics of cherry, plum, and blackberry. These fruits are expressed on the palate along with flavors of tobacco, raspberry, earth, and spice. The wine is nice structured with fine tannins and lead to a lingering finish. This is still a vibrant, young wine and can continue cellaring 5+ years.
Two parcels of Cabernet Franc were harvested for this vintage. The first was harvested on October 27, 2014. 4.42 tons of estate grown fruit were picked by hand and had 21 brix natural sugar, 0.96 TA and a 3.13 pH. The second parcel was harvested on October 28, 2014.
This parcel yielded 2.16 tons of fruit with 21 brix natural sugar, 0.86 TA and a 3.21 pH. The grapes from both parcels were de-stemmed, crushed and inoculated with yeast. Fermentation lasted for eight days at 62-74 degrees and went through 100% malolactic fermentation. The must was pressed and the wine was transferred into seven, five, three year old and new American and French oak barrels for 16 months of aging.
The wine was then transferred into stainless steel, egg white fined and cold stabilized. It was then filtered and bottled on July 27, 2016. The finished wine has 0.61 TA, a 3.48 pH, 0.25% residual sugar and 12.5% alcohol. 209 cases produced.