2009 Monticello Vineyards Estate Grown Cabernet Franc
Print: Tasting NotesThis is a rich, well balanced expression of Cabernet Franc. This wine has a nice dark tone on the entry, with blackberry fruits and smoky tones on the palate. The wine strikes a nice balance on the midpalate with a full body, but also vibrant tannins which frame the wine very nicely. The finish is full and lingering with a nice dark fruit and smoky tone at the end.. Drink Now through 2015.
Drink Now through 2016.
– Chris Corley, Winemaker.
Home Ranch Vineyard - Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District
Block 4, Clone X
This 100% Cabernet Franc was grown in Block 4 at our Home Ranch at Monticello Vineyards. We grow four unique clones of Cabernet Franc on our vineyards. The Clone X from Block 4 has typically produced the deepest and most richly textured wines each vintage. Though rainfall was little more than two-thirds of normal for the third year in a row, the timing of the precipitation was on the vine’s side. Couple that with the lack of frost and the mild, relatively cool growing season - 2009 counted perhaps only four or five high heat days overall - late spring rains delayed irrigation needs and the warm spell in June helped curtail excessive canopy development. Mother Nature managed to have it all work in unison to give vines and grapes the best scenario possible.
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Alcohol - 14.1%
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