2018 Cabernet Franc

2018 Cabernet Franc

2018 Cabernet Franc

Vineyard: Ellis Alden Vineyard sits at an elevation of 1400 feet along the sun-drenched western slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains in the Alexander Valley. Isolated within a sprawling 4,000 acre ranch, the 200 acres of vines enjoy a pristine growing environment, above the fog line and sheltered from wind, frost, and negative pathogens. Our Cabernet Franc comes from a prime, steep hillside spot with south-western exposure that packs the grapes with powerful structure and expressive flavors.

Winemaking: Our Cabernet Franc from Ellis Alden Vineyard was destemmed into one open-top tank, where it cold-soaked for several days before fermentation started spontaneously with wild yeast. Fermentation was aided only by a bit of heat and cap management utilizing gravity rack-and-returns for two weeks before pressing. The wine aged for 14 months in once-used French oak barrels and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Vintage: On the heels of a stressful 2017, growers and winemakers were thankful for a return to an uneventful but fruitful vintage in 2018. A cool spring started off the ideal growing season with a near-perfect fruit set in the spring, and summer temperatures were moderate with fewer heat spikes than the previous years. As a result, harvest started two to three weeks later than during the recent extended drought, but along a more historically typical timeline. The long hang times and even ripening yielded wines that show concentrated flavor without being over-ripe.

$55 750ml