This 2010 offering has the typical Estate vineyard characters of cranberries, red cherries and mint. There are subtle oak influences of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon that marry very well with the aromatics. The structure has a firm but pleasant upfront tannin feel with lots of fresh red berries on the palate. The crisp acidity keeps the palate alive and refreshing and will allow this wine to age for many years to come.
Our Estate Cabernet Franc vineyard was planted in 1923. After speaking with many wine historians, including Charles Sullivan and Jim Lapsley, we feel confident that this is the oldest Cabernet Franc vineyard in the state of California. As with our Zinfandel and Chardonnay, this vineyard is dry-farmed. In 1999 we placed it up on a trellis for the first time in its then 76 years. This has helped to improve its ripening and relieved some of the stress of supporting itself so the old vines can place more of their energy into fruit production.