Our Wine-Club only Cabernet Franc returns! After spending 14 months in both French and American oak, the palette smoothly conveys beautiful notes of blueberry and baking spice after it greets you with aromas of lavender and balsam. Perfectly paired with a filet.
Aromas of charred meat, lavender, and balsam. Flavors of blueberry, cedar and baking spice.
One vineyard sits between 900' and 1200' elevation. Southeast aspect, with 10% grade. Rocky soil comprised of shale, limestone and clay. The other vineyard lies at 800' - 1000' feet elevation and is comprised of green stone and clay.
Fruit was destemmed with no crushing and pumped into tank and bins. 2-4 punchdowns or pumpovers a day. Allowed to age on skins for 7-12 days then pressed off. Wine settled in tank then racked to French and American oak barrels, ~30% new barrels. Aged 14 months in barrel.
2015 was a good vintage in Virginia with consistently warm, dry weather throughout the growing season. The fruit came in with good phenolics, and balanced chemistry. Whites were picked about 2 weeks earlier than previous years, but with optimal ripeness. Reds came in with excellent flavors and sound skin integrity.