2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve - Magnum
This vintage of Cabernet Franc represents the large, ripe 2017 vintage well. It is light to medium bodied and has outstanding fruit expression. Aromas and flavors of red cherry, strawberry, and a hint of raspberry lead to a finish that sits lightly on the palate. More subtle flavors of graphite, herbs, dust and oak are also expressed nicely on the finish.
This young wine is a great summertime red! It can easily be served slightly chilled if desired and is great for sipping on its own or for pairing with any of your summer grilling events. Pair with chicken spiedies, cheddar cheeseburgers, spinach-provolone stuffed pork tenderloin and grilled strip steaks. Drink now through 2025.
Two parcels of Cabernet Franc grapes were used to craft this wine. The first parcel is our highest elevation vineyard and six tons of grapes were harvested by hand on October 20, 2017. The grapes had 22 brix natural sugar, 7.9 g/L TA and a 3.21 pH. The grapes were destemmed, crushed and inoculated with yeast. Fermentation lasted for 11 days at 66-74 degrees and a malolactic fermentation was completed. The second parcel of Cabernet Franc was harvested on October 28, 2017.
A total of 2.6 tons were picked by hand and had 23 brix natural sugar, 7.8 g/L TA and 3.29 pH. Fermentation for this batch lasted for nine days at 58-70 degrees. The two batches of wine were combined and transferred into oak barrels for 12 months of aging. The wine was then cold and heat stabilized. It was then filtered and bottled on April 30, 2019 and May 7, 2019. The finished wine has 0.4% residual sugar, 6.0 g/L TA, 3.49 pH and 13.0% alcohol.