Cabernet Franc Reserve2017

24.99

Cabernet Franc Reserve

This especially food-friendly wine is so varietally characterful and intriguing that its outstanding response to our terroir has sustained its ranking among the most honored and loyally followed wines we produce. We grow vines originating from the Loire Valley as well as Pomerol and St Emilion, as the foundation of a wine famed for elegance and complexity as well as considerable age worthiness.

 

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Cabernet Franc Reserve

Year

2017

Cellar Life

20yrs

We were fortunate to enjoy a fine growing season in 2017. This 20th harvest under viticulturist Fernando Franco rewarded us with a beautiful crop. The season started with an early bud-break followed by ideal gentle Spring rains, which supported a good bloom for the clusters. The early Summer was warm, although never becoming hot, and the grapes ripened with good speed. We started harvesting in perfect conditions with Moscato on August 8th, and finished on October 8th with Cabernet Sauvignon. All varietals showed great character, making this harvest reminiscent in style to 2007 and 2014, among the best we have experienced.

Critics Challenge International, California Gold 90 points
Fermentation 8-12 days on the skins in stainless steel
Maceration 10 days
Composition 90% Cabernet Franc 10% Petit Verdot
Aging 12-14 Months, new and used French oak barriques
Analysis Alcohol, 13.5%
Residual Sugars, 0.0%
Total Acidity, 0.56%

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