The obvious bright cranberry fruit with a hint of mint is the estate signature of the Cabernet Franc, with undertones of blackberry and cherry fruit.
The palate has a bright red fruit note with crisp acidity and supple tannins and a wonderfully plush, soft mid palate. Cinnamon from the Hungarian oak barrels and vanilla from the American barrels can be found lingering on the finish where the blackberry fruit also decides to make an appearance.
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.