2013 Cabernet Franc Ice Wine
|Wine Type:||Dessert Wine/ Ice Wine|
Serve chilled in small dessert wine glasses, 1 to 2 oz. per person. Flavors of ripe fig and dark cherry abound as the balance of sweetness and acidity impart a luscious mouthfeel.
The premium block of Cabernet Franc grapes was identified in September 2013 and covered by netting to prevent predation. In mid-December, three tons of Cabernet Franc were harvested while frozen on the vine and pressed for nearly 50 hours. The juice had a chemistry of 41.5 Brix, 9.0 g/L TA, and a pH of 3.74.
Fermentation began by diluting 5 gallons of juice with 1 gallon of water and adding VL-1 yeast in small volumes of juice over a month. The Brix of the fermentation remained between 20 and 30 at all times. Additional yeast was added twice more and fermentation continued for ~59 days at temperatures between 60 and 67 degrees.
The wine was bottled on 9/12/2014 with a final wine chemistry is 8.7% alcohol, 7.6 g/L TA, 27.4% RS, and a pH of 3.90.
There were 190 cases of 375mL bottles produced.
Ice wine can be served with dessert or as dessert. Strive to pair the wine with desserts that are less sweet than the wine - such as Creme Brulee, Sweet Souffles or Nut-based cakes. Also try pairing with fresh cut or stewed fruit—strawberry and mango, in particular. Feel free to experiment with more decadent options, such as dark chocolate mousse or blue cheese for an extra special experience.