2015 - Cabernet Franc

Located east of Napa, our Mt George Vineyard is the site of one of the first grape plantings in the valley in the 19th century. The deep soils derived from volcanic shale and tufa yield Cabernet Franc with aromas of perfumed fruit and fresh herbs and an elegant palette of refined tannin.

Cabernet Franc
Vintage Notes The 2015 growing season in Napa Valley started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May (during the peak of bloom) caused uneven fruit set which ultimately resulted in much smaller crop in 2015, compared to both average yields and the three abundant years that preceded it. As a result, winemakers worked together with vineyard crews and employed new technologies, like optical sorting, to ensure they picked and crushed only the best quality grapes. The harvest was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, beginning on July 22 with the picking of grapes for sparkling wine, and concluding for most all vintners and growers in the valley by mid-October. While ongoing drought was of great concern to farmers around California, Napa Valley received 75% of normal rainfall for the year, bringing far fewer water concerns for Napa Valley’s vintners. Tasting Notes Intense aromas of strawberries with a light earthiness. Flavors of vanilla, rhubarb, and coriander greet you with a creamy mouthfeel.
  • Varietal 95% Cabernet Franc
    4% Cabernet Sauvignon
    1% Merlot
  • Appellation Coombsville
  • Vineyard 100% Mt George
  • Harvest Info September 8, 2015
    25.1° Brix
  • Skin Contact 20 days of skin contact
  • Oak Profile 17 months barrel age
    58% new oak
    New oak profile: 100% French
    Overall oak profile: 100% French
  • Analysis 14.3% Alcohol
    5.55 g/L TA
    3.47 pH
    0.04 % Rs
    Bottled June 2017