2014 CABERNET FRANC
Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Cabernet Franc 100%

Alcohol:  14%

pH:  3.52

TA:  6.8 g/L

Size:  750ml

2014 CABERNET FRANC

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Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Cabernet Franc is one of the few 100% Cabernet Francs produced in California.

Many think of Cabernet Franc as only a blending grape, and we do blend a small percentage into our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and our premium blend CYRUS.  Early on we quickly realized that our Cabernet Franc was exceptional on its own and started bottling a few cases of the 1996 vintage for the tasting room. Since that time the wine has consistently been recognized as one of the top examples from California.

"This wine gives wine lovers a chance to see what Cab Franc actually tastes like" says Winemaker Kevin Hall, “the varietal has a softer tannin profile than our Cabernet Sauvignon.”

The unprecedented drought in California was national news, a mild winter and spring caused early bud break, but the overall length of the growing season was similar to past years.  The lack of rain did not impact our fruit due to moderate temperatures throughout the growing season and the grapes had terrific concentration and superb fruit flavors at harvest.  After harvest the grapes were fermented in our smaller tanks resulting in good extraction and concentrated flavors.  Pumpovers occurred twice daily for two weeks and then the wine was aged in French Oak barrels for sixteen months.   The French oak adds nice tannin to mid palate, while the vanilla and spice from the barrels complement the dark berry flavor.

The 2014 Cabernet Franc has aromas of black cherry, blueberry, dark plum, vanilla and chocolate with flavors of plum, black cherry, vanilla, blueberry and cassis.  This is a rich, lush wine with a nice fruit balance and a structured finish.

Accolades:

2014:  95 points & Platinum Medal - Sommelier Challenge
2014:  91 points & Highly Recommended - Ultimate Wine Challenge 
2014:  Double Gold - S.A.L.E. Wine Competition
2014:  Gold Medal - Sonoma County Harvest Fair