VINEYARD NOTES: 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.
TASTING NOTES: This 2013 vintage Cabernet franc from the estate vineyard has a bright fresh cranberry fruity nose with hints of black berries and red bing cherries. Hints of mint and eucalyptus are a common character of this vineyard for the Cab franc, and this year is no exception. Acidity, tannin and minerality are all to be found in this wine which makes it ideal for long term aging, or paring with your favourite hearty dish.