2019 Cabernet Franc
This vintage of Cabernet Franc has a bright purple-red color and exemplifies how even a light to medium bodied vintage can be seductive and brimming with complexity and delight. It has aromas of ripe red raspberry, red currants, red cherry, strawberry, licorice root and spice. Grippy, fine tannins hold flavors of sour cherry, cranberry, raspberry, and black tea on the palate and help maintain a pleasant, lingering finish. Consume now with an hour or two of decanting or age for a minimum of 3-5 years. Serve with spicy barbecue ribs, beer battered cod, chicken spiedies, or pasta dishes with red sauce.
5.2 tons of estate grown Cabernet Franc grapes were harvested by hand on October 29, 2019. The grapes had 21 brix natural sugar, 11.8g/l TA, and 3.03 pH. The grapes were destemmed and crushed and the must was inoculated with yeast and fermented for nine days at 65-76 degrees. 100% malolactic fermentation was completed. The must was pressed and the wine was transferred to new and used American oak barrels to age for 12 months. The wine was then egg white fined, cold stabilized and filtered. It was bottled on May 7, 2021 with 6.8 g/l TA, 3.33 pH, 0.4% residual sugar and 12.5% alcohol. 367 cases produced.