2020 Cab Franc
Single Vineyard Series
94 Pts, Platinum - 2023 Critic’s Challenge International Wine Competition
90 Pts, Gold - 2023 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition
Lodi (Mokelumne River)
Oak Barrels (French, 65% new)
Complex flavors from red fruits, such as raspberry and strawberry, and the varietal aromas, like bell pepper, crushed gravel and herbaceous notes. It is a dry and structured wine, with hints of oak, smooth tannins and a round mouthfeel.
These Cabernet Franc grapes come from our estate vineyard (Mokelumne River AVA). This vineyard is the one that surrounds our tasting room and production facility. The vines are trained onto a VSP (vertical shoot position) trellis system. Pruning and shoot thinning were done to keep cluster counts in balance, leaves were pulled on the north side of the vine as the rows oriented east to west.
Grapes were hand-picked in the morning and gently sorted and transferred to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank for a three day cold soak. Must was inoculated with yeast and fermentation was kept healthy with regular timed pump overs. Aged in oak barrels, approximately 65% new. French oak barrels were used. This Cabernet Franc comes from our Estate Grown vineyards.