2020 Cabernet Franc

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

We produce one of the few 100% Cabernet Francs in the region. Some may think this a wine geek’s wine, but anytime we open a bottle and pour a glass we get a new fan. Our first vintage was in 1996, since then it is always one of our most anticipated releases.
The 2020 growing season enjoyed near-perfect growing conditions. The year began with unseasonably warm temperatures, and lower than normal rainfall. This was followed by weeks of steady daytime heat and cool evenings, allowing the grapes to ripen evenly. At harvest, the quality of the fruit was excellent with beautiful acidity and intense flavors.
After harvest the grapes were fermented in our smaller tanks resulting in good extraction and concentrated flavors with pump-overs occurring twice daily for two weeks. Winemaker Kevin Hall complemented the big, bold flavors of this vintage with a selection of 80% new French oak barrels - 50% Medium Toast, 50% Medium Toast+. The 16 months barrel aging enhanced the complexity, structure and flavors of the wine while adding mouthfeel and nuances of barrels spice.
The 2020 Cabernet Franc is a dark purple, ruby colored wine with dark fruit aromas of black cherry, cola, plum, blueberry, vanilla and a hint of black olive. There are textured flavors of cassis, plum, black cherry, vanilla and blueberry. This is a chewy wine with balanced acidity along with long structured finish.


2020:  92 points James Suckling
2020:  90 points & Gold Medal - North of the Gate Wine Competition
2020:  Best of Class of Appelation- California State Fair