2015 Cabernet Franc

Sonoma Valley

Beguiling from aromatic start to long, complex finish, this 2015 Cab Franc will continue to intrigue.

Retail $60.00

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Tasting NOTES

Cabernet Franc is renowned for being abundantly aromatic, one of the key qualities in its role as a common blending-grape. So distinct are the aromas that one might wonder how their red wine smells like a bouquet of flowers or a bundle of herbs and chocolate. With less power and more finesse than the preced-ing vintages, the 2015 Cab Franc exemplifies this quality with a gorgeous mélange of rose hips, fresh herbs de provence, sweet anise, and dark cherries. A medium bodied palate with polished tannins integrated into the texture offer cranberry compote, cocoa powder, toffee flavors with an earthy, wet asphalt edge. Beguiling from aromatic start to long, complex finish, this Cab Franc will continue to intrigue over at least the next 7 years.

Vineyard NOTES

Eight miles north of San Pablo Bay, the Bundschu family's 150+ year of vineyard wraps around the southwest slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. It's here that our eight acres of Caber-net Franc vineyards experience a 10 degree heat difference from the valley floor during the summer growing season, allowing the fruit to fully ripen. Planted at 100 feet elevation with the Mt Veeder clone in 1999 and 2005, it features Rhyolitic ash and alluvial wash soil so the vines struggle to reach root depth. This combination produces deeply colored, extracted but balanced wines. Yields 4 tons/acre.

Production NOTES

Hand-harvested in the cool morning
Twice daily pump-overs
Indigenous malolactic fermentation and weekly battonage

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Wine Type:
Cabernet Franc
Varietal Composition:
  • 85% Cabernet Franc
  • 5% Malbec
  • 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 4% Petit Verdot
  • 2% Merlot
Sonoma Valley
TA: 0.48 g/100mL
Barrel Aging:
  • 16 months
    100% French oak, 40% new
    Vicard & Quintessence
Alcohol %:
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