2013 Cabernet Franc

Grape

100% Cabernet Franc

Vineyard

Located on a western slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, between 1100 and 1300 feet above sea level. Plantings consists of 1 acre of 17-year-old vines, 1 acre of 5-year-old vines and 1 acre of 4-year-old vines, growing in steep, deep and well drained rocky soils. The vines are cane pruned and trained to both the Open Lyre and Double Guyot systems.

Vintage

2013 consisted of a troublesome growing season and a beautiful ripening and harvest season. The spring and early summer months were warm and wet resulting in the vines growing wildly and rapid. This, in turn, caused us to work long and rapidly just to keep up. But by mid-August and through October the rains ceased and the vines stopped growing and put their energies into ripening their fruit. There were no tropical systems in our area and we enjoyed many sunny and warm days and very cool crisp nights. Harvest began in late September and lasted through the middle of October. Harvest began in late September and lasted through the middle of October.

Winemaking

The grape clusters were hand-harvested in the cooler morning hours and then chilled in our large walk-in cooler for 24 hours. The next morning the clusters were sorted through to remove leaves or damaged berries and destemmed without crushing. Then a second sorting was performed to remove all stem fragments before entering the fermenter. After a 4 day cold soak, the grapes were brought inside the winery, warmed and yeast was added. Fermentation lasted about 10 days with 2 daily cap punch downs. Malolactic cultures were added and the grapes continued to macerate before pressing. After a day of settling, the wine was put into barrel for aging. Bottled in August 2015, producing 225 cases.

Drink now through 2020.

Price

$35 (750 mL)