2011 Estate Cabernet Franc

Vineyard: 8 acres of West-facing slopes, half gentle and half- steep, with an average vine age of 25 years.
Farming: Unirrigated vines; 100% sustainable agricultural practices; all inputs within OMRI Guidelines
Harvest Dates: October 19, 2011
Fermentation: Small open fermenters, punch down twice per day  Yeast: Cepage Cabernet/ Hanson; 14-day average fermentation; press off to barrel; Inoculate for malo-lactic fermentation (viniflora oenos/ Hansen CH16)
Barrels: 1/3 one to two- year-old Traditional Chateau Barrels, 2/3 older French oak
Barrel Time: 30 Months
Blend: 10% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 90% Estate Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14% by Vol.
Production: 24 cases
Wine Label: Frank Strazzulla
Tasting Notes: Opening with delicate aromas of red raspberries, cherries and freshly baked strawberry-rhubarb pie with a touch of orange peel, cinnamon and smoke. The depth of flavors seems endless, from sweet violets and juicy mulberries to minor notes of vanilla, green tea, hazelnut and the famous Mount Veeder bramble.  The color is lighter, like a fine red Burgundy, likewise the flavors are also more refined and elegant than warmer vintages.
 

$35/bottle


2013 Estate Cabernet Franc

Vineyard: 8 acres of West-facing half steep and half gentle slopes with an average vine age of 27 years.
Farming: Unirrigated vines; 100% sustainable agricultural practices; All inputs within OMRI Guidelines.
Harvest Dates: September 14, 2012
Fermentation: Small, open fermenters; Punch down twice per day;  Yeast: Cepage Cabernet; 18-day average fermentation; Press off to barrel; Inoculate for malo-lactic fermentation (viniflora oenos/Hansen CH16)
Barrels: New Nadalie Bordeaux Traditional Barrels
Barrel Time: 30 Months
Blend: 5% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 95% Estate Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 15% by Vol.
Production: 24 cases
Wine Label: Elizabeth Strazzulla
Tasting Notes: This wine is a beautiful ruby-black in color. The first sniff is like a dive into the proverbial Emerald Forest, the essence of Cabernet Franc’s incredible flavors. A light touch of fresh mint enveloped by violets and lots of dark berries and plums laced with vanilla, sweet spices and licorice and a haze of that Mt Veeder dust or bramble. Delicate dancing flavors are balanced nicely with a great acid backbone and structured tannins. This wine is delicious now and I feel it will even improve with more bottle age!
 

$85/bottle and $918/case.