This wine is a special little wine from the El Dorado Foothills which we have been making for 12 vintages. The entire vineyard only produces about 500 cases a year but it’s worth it (because it’s so good). The origin of Cabernet Franc is simply the parent of the more popular “King of Grape Varietals” Cabernet Sauvignon which is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. This vineyard is 25 years old and is head-trained allowing more sunlight into the canopy and therefore a reduction in Pyrazines which are responsible for green and vegetal aromas and flavors.
VARIETAL: 100% Cabernet Franc
APPELLATION: El Dorado County, CA
ALCOHOL: 14.55% TA: 6.76g/L pH: 3.53 RS: Dry
On the palate the wine is initially big with over ripe blue fruit notes while remaining silky in texture while maintaning its varietal character with its signature “franc” spice which is best described as fresh picked wild currants. The wine then displays it’s silky and elegant tannins in the form of ripe blueberry, cassis, tobacco and black cherry lined with integrated vanilla made possible by 26 months of French oak aging. Cabernet Franc is still considered a somewhat esoteric grape varietal which has parentage tracing back to the king of grape varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a very special wine with limited production from a hillside, red dirt soil, head trained vine, single vineyard at an elevation of 1,600 feet within the Sierra Mountains in El Dorado. It drinks well in it’s youth while sturdy, but will mature gracefully for 20+ years.
UPC 7 59198 00010 0