2017 CABERNET FRANC
Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Cabernet Franc 100%

Alcohol:  14%

pH:  3.43

TA:  6.3 g/L

Size:  750ml

2017 CABERNET FRANC

Retail Price: $34.00

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

Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Cabernet Franc is 100% Cabernet Franc. 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.

2017 was a vintage of contrasts. Our ample rainfall in January and February allayed any talk of drought, but winter rains were followed by a warm spring and many heat spikes throughout the summer until we began picking the first lot on September 13.

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 flavors.

The 2017 Cabernet Franc is a dark purple, ruby colored wine with aromas of black cherry,blueberry, vanilla and a slight floral quality. There are juicy flavors of plum, black cherry, vanilla,blueberry and cassis. This is a silky wine with balanced acidity along with long textured finish.

Accolades:

2016:  90 points - Wine Advocate
2015:  94 points & Gold Medal - California State Fair
2014:  95 points & Platinum Medal - Sommelier Challenge