2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc
Burgundy-red in color with aromas of ripe, red plums and raspberries intertwined with cedar. In the background, there are notes of sage, and a hint of black cherries and carob. The palate has a delicate red fruit entry leading into lingering and intensifying flavors of dried cherry and a hint of sweet toasted walnut and ending with a hint of cranberry. It will age at least 3-5 years after release.
HARVEST & WINEMAKING
Both the Cabernet Franc and the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come the StagecoachVineyard in Atlas Peak. They were harvested on October 24 and 25 at 27 and 27.5 Brix respectively. The fruit was hand sorted before a two-day cold soak. The lots were inoculated with an assortment of French yeast strains and fermented cool, with gentle pumpovers 2-3 times per day. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged 16 months in barrel before being bottled in June 2011. The wine rested in our underground cellars until its release in April 2012.
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||16 months in barrel