2015 Cabernet Franc Reserve
This Cabernet Franc is the first McGregor Vineyard red wine release from this vintage and it could not be a more enjoyable wine. 2015 was a great vintage for red wines in the Finger Lakes. This wine exemplifies the 2015 reds: Rich, complicated and elegant. The wine is a very deep garnet red color and has aromas and flavors of black berry, ripe plum, black raspberry, dried herbs and an enjoyable dusty and smooth tannin character. This vintage drinks very well now but can cellar safely into the early to mid 2020s. Serve with venison roast, pheasant, or grilled steak.
A total for 4.42 tons of estate grown Cabernet Franc grapes was harvested by hand on October 26, 2015. The grapes had 22.2 brix natural sugar, 0.75 TA and 3.32 pH. The grapes were destemmed, inoculated with yeast and fermented at 61-74 degrees for 11 days. A 100% malolactic fermentation was completed. The must was then pressed and transferred into American and French oak barrels to age for 16 months. It was then transferred into a stainless steel tank, egg white fined and cold and heat stabilized. Finally, the wine was filtered and bottled on July 11, 2017. The finished wine has 0.60 TA, a 3.61 pH, 0% residual sugar and 12.7% alcohol. 260 cases produced.