95% Cabernet Franc, 2.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Malbec
100% French oak, Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons)
Barrel Aging: 18 months
Age of Barrels: 50% new, 50% Second vintage
This complex, age-worthy wine offers classic Cabernet Franc aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet, pencil shavings, tobacco leaf and savory herbs. A compelling, masculine structure carries through from start to finish, underscoring robust flavors of black currant, raspberry reduction, cinnamon and sage.
The 2012 growing season offered near-perfect growing conditions. Though budbreak was late due to heavy spring rains, warm weather during bloom allowed the vines to set a large crop. Increased yields were the result of more berries, not larger berries. This translated into even higher quality in the winery, as the skin-to-juice ratio remained ideal. Slightly cooler-than-average post-veraison weather and a lack of any heat events allowed for greatly extended hang time. Harvest was 2-3 weeks later than average, and the grapes arrived at the winery in pristine condition.