The 2017 Cabernet franc is from the Duarte-Georgetown vineyard. This high elevation vineyard source has many clonal selections and blenders. I elected to use clone 14 in this 100% varietal Cabernet franc. The alpine breezes flowing down off the Sierra Nevada cool these 3000' elevation mountain vineyards and allow the grapes to mature slowly while retaining their natural acidity.
The grapes were sorted and de-stemmed. Musts were cold soaked for 3 days then inoculated with cultured yeasts. Manual punch downs were carried out three times a day with a total maceration time of 14 days. To showcase the elegant side of Cabernet franc aging was done in 100% French oak with about 30% new integrating the oak flavors with the fruit. The wine was aged in barrel for 30 months before bottling without fining or filtration.
Like a ballet dancer this Cabernet franc displays strength and balance yet epitomizes grace and harmony. The intensity and depth of fruit is balanced by a silky smooth palate and long finish. This wine layers in notes of bright berry aromas and creamy vanilla. It will be exciting to see this wine develop over the next decade.