Rappahannock Cellars welcomes the Autumn season with our newest vintage of our signature Cabernet Franc. From our 2015 harvest, this wine is aged for 10 months in 30% new oak, both French and American. A full bodied wine, she boasts of plum, cherry and pepper with heavy hints of dried spice, coriander, and cocoa. Enjoy on its own or with a beef stew.
Aromas of rhubarb, cherry and vanilla. Flavors of chicory, anise and plum.
Vineyard sits between 900' and 1200' elevation. Southeast aspect, with 10% grade. Rocky soil comprised of shale, limestone 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.
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.