Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 1.5L 2017
About This Wine
On the nose: Elegant nose of black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg with touches of dark chocolates, thyme, caramel toffees, dried cranberries, wild fresh strawberries, wet rocks, rose petals
On the palate: Round entrance evolving on dense mid palate with fresh red cherry, plum lingering on a tannic frame with touches of redcurrant, chocolate powder, raspberry, kumquat
Blend: 100% Cabernet Franc
Fermentation: 50% barrel fermented, 50% stainless steel tank fermented
Aging: 18 months in French oak; 60% new, 40% 1-year-old barrels
2017 started out with record precipitation providing vines with sufficient water tables to safely get them through several heat spikes that began as early as June. Temperatures up to 110 degrees in early September prompted several winemakers to begin harvesting red varietals. Our winemaking team held steadfast and patiently waited until end of September before bringing in the first red varietals. Rewarded then with more moderate temperatures, the resulting wines express themselves as both full-bodied and greatly structured.