2016 CABERNET FRANC
Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Cabernet Franc 100%

Alcohol:  14%

pH:  3.53

TA:  5.7 g/L

Size:  750ml

2016 CABERNET FRANC

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

This varietal is often thought of as 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 sought out by wine lovers.

Overall, 2016 was a more normal growing season than the last few years. While the drought was still persistent, we received much needed rain over the winter and early spring. The good weather continued through the summer with no damaging heat spikes. Yields were slightly reduced, but the quality and flavor of the grapes were stellar. After harvest the grapes were fermented in our smaller tanks resulting in good extraction and concentrated flavors. Pump-overs 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 the mid-palate, while the vanilla and spice from the barrels complement the dark berry flavor.

The 2016 Cabernet Franc is a dark purple wine with aromas of dark fruits, blueberry, chocolate, vanilla and a slight floral quality. There are plush flavors of plum, black cherry, vanilla, blueberry and cassis. This is a silky, rich wine with a nice balance and a long textured, structured finish.

Accolades:

2016:  90 points - Wine Advocate
2016:  Gold Medal & Top of Class - S.A.L.E International Wine Competition
2016:  Gold Medal - Sonoma County Harvest Fair