2019 Cabernet Franc Block 2
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Blend: 100% Cabernet Franc
Barrel Aged: 14 months in 60% New French Oak, 40% 2nd fill French Oak 500L Puncheon’s
Residual Sugar: 2 grams per Liter
Titratable Acidity: 6.2 grams per Liter
Free Sulfur: 35 parts per million
Age of vines: 4 years (planting density of 1616 vines per acre)
Row Orientation: North – South
Elevation: 575 feet
Dry land farmed, cane and spur pruned vines. Vertical Shoot Positioning system, cropped at three tons per acre. Hand Harvested last week of September at 24, with three pump overs daily. No sorting after de-stemming, chose to include the stems for additional tannin extraction.
Pressed off after fermentation, with the light and medium press wine added to the free wine. Inoculated for secondary fermentation which completed in 10 weeks in barrel, after which the wine was racked, returned to barrel and sulfured. Prior to bottling, light filtration took place, no fining of any other additions.
Intensely dark with purple and garnet tones. The nose is intense and focused, with primary barrel nuances of smoke, charred oak and graphite. With some aeration, the aromas turn more floral and display some of the spicy characters normally associated with Cabernet Franc.
The palate has a sweetish entry with good acidity, followed by a core of fruit balanced by supple yet prevalent tannins and oak. The length is long and weighty, while the texture is quite soft and seemless.
A wine that may be enjoyed early, but would warrant a further few years in the bottle to evolve and showcase the strength and opulence of the vintage. Consider putting a few down for at least 5 years.
Bottled December 4th, with 165 cases produced.