I find dark berry fruit, hints of spice and light toasted oak, vanilla tones on the nose in this wine. On the palate the wine is very well balanced with depth on the mid-palate but also nuance and finesse on the finish. The attack is big, but is supported by layers of flavors on the mid-palate. The tannins are moderate, and the underlying fruit character is deep, so that this wine will evolve gracefully over time. The finish is big, and lingers with dark red berry fruit and toasted oak.
We’re very excited about the 2015 vintage. As of the time of this writing, the 2015 vintage represents the fourth of five consecutive years of phenomenal quality wines from our vineyards and across Napa Valley. 2015 remained a relatively dry growing season, and the crop yields across our different vineyards was generally lower than normal. The fruit displayed great purity and intensity, which was translated quite well through to the finished wines. The growing season was relatively consistent, with no major heat spikes. In general, the wines from 2015 are displaying ripe fruit, great structure and balance.
Our 2015 Cabernet Franc was hand-picked then destemmed and berry-sorted on the crush pad. We co-fermented our two blocks in a single tank. Fermentation lasted 12 days with the wine drained and pressed at dryness. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. The wine was aged in oak barrels for 26 months.
We suggest decanting for 30 minutes prior to serving. Drink now through 2028.
Food Pairing Notes
Penne Pasta with a Spicy Cream Tomato Sauce
100% Estate Grown Cabernet Franc
180 cases produced