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Vintage
2018
Varietal
Cabernet Franc
Region
Napa Valley
Alcohol
15.4%

2018 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley

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$75
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Our Cabernet Franc is grown in our Dos Olivos vineyard in Oakville. While Cabernet Franc is primarily used in blending, our bottling has consistently proven to be a star on its own. The 2018 vintage opens with sweet cherry, vanilla and floral notes with oak inducing a hint of baking spice. Complex on the palate with ripe red fruit to start, followed by juicy acidity, tart red cherry and a lingering, savory finish.

Vintage
2018
Varietal
Cabernet Franc
Region
Napa Valley
Alcohol
15.4%

Vintage Notes

This vintage of Cabernet Franc was sourced 100 percent from our Oakville estate vineyard. These vines are vertically trained and densely planted. The stress of this dense planting in well-drained areas results in smaller berries and more fruit intensity.

Winemaker Notes

The season began with rain that refilled reservoirs and replenished soils, a welcome relief after an extended drought. Harvest started early at a normal pace in many regions and then progressed rapidly during a heat wave in late August and early September. Cooling temperatures in mid-September slowed the harvest and allowed red grapes to ripen gradually. The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in September and October.

The grapes were hand harvested at night, carefully sorted in the vineyard, and brought to the cellar and destemmed. The grapes received a cold soak, and were then fermented at a high temperature to ensure maximum extraction was achieved. Then, the wine was racked to 30 percent new French oak barrels, where it was aged for 18 months prior to bottling.

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