2013 Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

Napa Valley
2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

Napa Valley
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Dark ruby in color, the Cabernet Franc expresses aromas of fresh picked blackberry, dark cherry, dried cranberries, rose petals and a hint of sweet oak. The oak is well integrated and the overall complexity is balanced with dark cherry flavors. It is full bodied and rich with a long, dark fruit finish. Enjoy.


Vintage 2013
Varietal Other Reds
Harvest Date September 17th – October 15
Acid 0.62g / 100ml
pH 3.56
Aging Aged in Barrel: 408 days
Bottling Date April 2014
Alcohol % 14.5

Vineyard Notes

Dos Rios — Yountville (62%) located in the heart of the Yountville Appellation, west of the Napa River. The soil is a rich clay loam, producing grapes with typical varietal character flavors of dark plum, cherry and arugula.

Suscol Creek — East Napa (25%) located on the south east side of Napa, this vineyard has a western facing aspect that brings in the warm afternoon sun. The soils are weaker, located amongst the oak chaparral, they are well drained promoting the concentration of cabernet flavors. (clone 4, 337 on 9x5 spacing, elevation range is 100-200ft)

Sycamore Vineyard — Rutherford (13%) Located about 1.2 miles south of Bosche, right up against the Mayacamas Range, this bio-dynamically farmed vineyard has a rich clay loam. Sycamore Vineyard provides mountain fruit berries that are very small, yielding intensely extracted dark blackcurrant fruit and incredible depth of color and flavor. (CS clones 7,8, 4, 5x8 spacing on VSP, benchland elevation roughly 225 ft.)

Production Notes

Following 2012, we had another “near perfect vintage”. A warm, dry winter and spring brought early bud break. The dry weather helped lower canopy vigor and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set under sunny skies. With one heat spike in late June, early July, the growing temperatures were near ideal for vine growth and ripening. The season as a hole, was a good two weeks early on the average and really quite dry. There were two rain storms in mid-September that didn’t amount to any consequence, as most of the thin skinned varieties came in early.

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