2018 CABERNET FRANC
Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Cabernet Franc 100%

Alcohol:  14%

pH:  3.54

TA:  5.7 g/L

Size:  750ml

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2018 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. Many think of this varietal only as a blending grape, but early on we realized that our Cabernet Franc was exceptional on its own and started bottling a few cases of the 1996 vintage for the tasting room.

The 2018 growing season began a bit cooler than the past few vintages, but we had a near perfect fruit set with moderate summer temperatures and relatively few heat spikes. The mild weather led to a longer hang time, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly. Harvest began on October 7 and the fruit had excellent flavors and balanced natural acidity.

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 2018 Cabernet Franc is a dark purple, ruby colored wine with aromas of black cherry, plum, blueberry, vanilla and a slight floral quality. There are juicy flavors of plum, black cherry, cranberry, vanilla, blueberry and cassis. This is a silky wine with balanced acidity along with long textured finish.

Accolades:

2017:  88 points - Wine Advocate
2016:  90 points - Wine Advocate
2015:  94 points & Gold Medal - California State Fair
2014:  95 points & Platinum Medal - Sommelier Challenge