2017 Cabernet Franc

This offering presents enticing flavors of dark boysenberry, bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, rose petals, violets, and mint. The palate is rich and silky, with penetrating layers of fruit and spice notes and a long lingering finish.

Our cabernet franc was harvested on October 1st of 2017, after which it was cold-soaked in the tank for four days and then fermented on the skins for a total of 18 days. The final blend also contains an addition of 15% cabernet sauvignon from our Quartz Hill and Rim Rock blocks. In a warm vintage like 2017, cabernet franc has the potential to truly shine. Managing flavor development in this finicky grape variety is all about sunlight and warmth without the excessive exposure that can cause sunburn. In 2017, we were granted that in spades and the resulting wine confirms it.

Appellation: 59% Napa
41% Sonoma
Vintage: 2017
Harvest: October 2017
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 85% Cabernet Franc
15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.4%
Bottling: April 2019
Production: 1485 cases
Release Date: August 2019
Release Price: $75.00


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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: October 2019 - Rating: 90

    Creamy oak plays an obvious role here as does explicit ripeness, but neither gets too far ahead of slightly juicy, dark cherry- and berry-like fruit, and the wine claims a good deal of depth and richness. It is supple to start and then firms and tightens as it goes, and, if at first seeming fairly easy to access, it takes on enough latearriving astringency to prescribe at least another three of four years of cellaring and is structured to age effortlessly for as many more after that.