2017 CABERNET FRANC
Alexander Valley, Sonoma Cnty.
Club Price $40.00
Our Cabernet Franc is made from specific vineyards selected by our winemaker to create a wine that captures the essence of the 2017 vintage. This wine accentuates the wonderful dark fruit and spice characteristics that are naturally present in Cabernet Franc grapes. On the nose there is a deep aromatic profile of black currant and plum that continue on the palate with superb oak integration and balance.
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Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Franc
Technical Data: ALC: 14.4% by vol.; TA: 6.0 g/L; pH: 3.59
Cooperage: 22 Months in 100% French Oak Barrels (30% New)
This fruit was hand harvested at night, and the clusters were hand sorted in the vineyard. The grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed and placed in small stainless-steel tanks for whole berry fermentation, a technique winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper uses to preserve the fruit's bright berry flavors and accentuate the spicy character of the Cabernet Franc. Prior to fermentation the fruit cold soaked at 40-45 degrees Fahrenheit for three days, gently extracting color, flavor and tannin from the grape skins. When the proper extraction had been achieved, the temperature on the tanks was slowly raised so that fermentation could begin. The grapes were tasted daily to assess tannin structure and fruit character and was lightly pressed after a 26-day fermentation, with the free run juice going to 100% French oak barrels. Ana used only 30% new oak to preserve the freshness and delicacy of the fruit. After 22 months in oak, the wine was blended and bottled.
The fruit was sourced in Sonoma County, in the hills that surround and define Alexander Valley. This appellation is considered ideal for Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, as the summer daytime temperatures regularly reach the high 80's and 90's, while the evening fog creates a rapid cooling effect that protects the fruits' flavor and boosts acidity. Extremely rocky, well-drained soils, and multiple blocks with varying exposures, produce grapes that are incredibly small and display an intense fruit flavor.
The 2017 vintage saw generous winter rains that refreshed ground water supplies and led to a cool, mild spring which prepared the vineyards for the summertime heat. Harvest began for Artesa on August 11 and moved quickly. A long, even summer ripening season ended with high temperatures in excess of 100 degrees for five days in early August. As a result, harvest was completed for us by late September, weeks ahead of usual, and before the devastating fires that broke out on October 8. The 2017 wines show ripe, concentrated flavors and excellent balance.