2012 Cabernet Franc

88 Points

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From the stellar 2012 vintage, this Cabernet Franc has been bottle-aged for three years, fruit forward with graceful tannins.

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Vintage:2012
Wine Type:Red Wine
Varietal Composition:
87%Cabernet Franc
11%Merlot
2%Cab Sauvignon
Appellation:Finger Lakes
Harvest Date:10/29/2012
Acid:5.7 g/L
pH:3.6
Bottling Date:09/13/2013
Residual Sugar:0.3%
Alcohol %:13.4%

Tasting Notes

Garnet in color with a layered bouquet of boysenberry and black pepper. This medium-bodied estate Cabernet Franc offers notes of ripe berries and dried cherries followed by a light spice. Soft tannins provide a smooth finish balancing the red fruit sweetness and black pepper spiciness.

Winemaker Notes

On October 29, 2012, 17.1 tons of Cab Franc were harvested (22.7 Brix, 6.5Ta, 3.36 pH); crushed and de-stemmed into a tank.  Fermentation lasted  ten days with peak temperatures that ranged from 80 to 83F. 42% of the wine was racked to French and American barrels; 36% was aged in stainless steel tanks with New York oak staves; and 22% was aged in flex tanks with New York oak staves. All lots went through malo-lactic fermentation.

The Merlot had been harvested on September 26, 2012 (22 Brix, 7.0 g/L TA, 3.27 pH) and the Cabernet Sauvignon on October 16 (22 Brix, 9.7 Ta, 3.09 pH).  All wines were racked after 9 months in oak then blended during the first week of August 2013.
295 cases produced.

Food Pairing

The freshness, lighter tannins and red fruit enable Cabernet Franc to pair with cheeses, tomato based dishes, ham, pork and veal, or poultry.

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