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.
The 2014 Estate Cabernet Franc has a beautiful aromatic bouquet of ripe cranberries, interlaced with subtle hints of black cherries and mint. The Santa Cruz mountains AVA contributes its wonderful natural acidity and minerality to this delicious wine. The mouthfeel is long and supple, with fresh fruit and oak spice lingering on the finish.