2007 Barrel Reserve Cabernet Franc
|Wine Type:||Red Wine|
Medium-purple in hue, this wine displays light red fruits and hints of smoke on the nose, while the palate offers vanilla, cranberry, and dried herbs. The tannins are ripe and well-defined, supporting a spicy finish that is sure to please.
On October 22, 2007, 14 tons of Cabernet Franc were harvested with a chemistry of 22.0 Brix, TA 6.2 g/L, and pH 3.25. On October 29, 2007, 5 tons of Cabernet Franc were harvested with a chemistry of 20.3 Brix, TA 6.2 g/L, and pH 3.19. Following fermentation, both lots were pressed separately, settled, and racked to older barrels. They were inoculated with malolactic bacteria in early November, which finished by the end of the month. Micro-oxidation began on November 21st and continued for nine days. In the end, seven barrels were selected for this Barrel Reserve Cabernet Franc. These included older French and American barrels and 14% new American oak. The final blend included 4% of the micro-ox Cabernet Franc. Technical adjustments included cold stabilization, filtration, and SO2 adjustment.
The freshness, lighter tannins, and red fruit flavors make Cabernet Franc a natural pair with cheeses, tomato-based dishes, ham, pork, veal, and poultry. Or, get creative by experimenting with Mediterranean dishes or gourmet pizza.