2019 Cabernet Franc Block 7
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Wine: 2019 Block 7 Cabernet Franc
Blend: 100% Cabernet Franc
R.S.: 0.1% or 1gram per Liter
T.A.: 6.2 g/L
Free Sulfur: 35 ppm or mg/L
Cooperage: Neutral French 500L oak
Maturation: 14 months stored on the fine lees
Bottled: Dec 4th, 2020
The fruit for the wines comes from our oldest vineyard planted in 2000, and was hand harvested October 1st at 23.5 Brix. After being chilled for 24 hours, the grapes were de-stemmed before being hand sorted to remove any additional material.
No crushing of the fruit took place, keeping the berries intact and preserving the fruit character of the varietal. The berries were transferred to open top tank and cooled so prevent any fermentation. During this cold soak period, additions of tannin, acid and enzymes were added before the must was slowly warmed.
Once the must reached 65 degrees, Alchemy 4 yeast was added to initiate primary fermentation. This yeast was chosen for it’s proven ability to promote intense red fruit character while minimizing the bell pepper aroma’s normally associated with this grape. Fermentation lasted 14 days, during which the must was pumped over three times daily.
The wine was then run off the skins and the skins transferred to press. Pressing was gentle with only the light to medium press wine extracted, and added to the free wine in tank. The wine was inoculated with Lactic Acid Bacteria, racked off gross solids and transferred to 500L Neutral French oak barrels for ageing. The maturation lasted 14 months with no stirring of the barrels. Prior to bottling, the barrels were blended and lightly filtered to remove any sediment. The wine was bottled December 4th, 135 cases produced.
This wine is not heavily extracted, showcasing a beautifully clear garnet color. The nose is expressively vibrant with an abundance of red fruited berries, cola and hint of forest floor. With aeration you get the typical peppery tones and baking spices associated with Cabernet Franc.
The palate has a beautiful entry with lively acidity balancing out the tannins, which really allows the fruit to shine and take center stage. This wine, although has the structure to warrant medium term cellaring, is drinkable and delicious. The oak is subdued and imparts more texture and richness as opposed to wood derived aromas and flavors, creating a wine that is balanced and vibrant.
Ageing potential of 5 – 10 years but drinking beautifully from 2-3 on.