2017 Cabernet Franc Ice Wine

Our ice wines are made in the classic way. This elegant wine has it’s origins in a select block of our Estate Cabernet Franc grapes left to freeze on the vine and hand-harvested at dawn in the winter of 2017.

Print Wine Notes
Wine Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Cabernet Franc
Varietal Composition:
100%Cabernet Franc
Appellation:Finger Lakes
Harvest Date:01/09/2017
Acid:5.6 g/L
Bottling Date:09/05/2017
Residual Sugar:25.2%
Alcohol %:9%

Tasting Notes

The nose offers strawberry jam, baked cherries, and vanilla. Orange liquor and stewed cranberries balance the strawberry-rhubarb pie and cinnamon finish.

Winemaker Notes

A block of premium CF2 Cabernet Franc grapes was identified in September 2016 and covered by netting to prevent predation by birds and deer.

On January 9, 2017, we harvested a total of 1.4 tons of Cabernet Franc grapes frozen on the vine. These were pressed in a single pressload lasting nearly 50 hours.

The juice chemistry was 41.6 Brix, 4.5 g/L TA, and pH of 3.91. 141 gallons of juice was obtained was obtained.

The fermentation was begun by inoculating 7 gallons of the dilute juice with VL-1 yeast re-hydrated with Go-Ferm protect nutrient, and adding in small volumes of juice over 2 months, keeping the Brix of the fermentation between 20 and 30 Brix at all times. Yeast nutrient was added.  Additional yeast was added twice more.  Despite numerous incredibly valiant attempts to keep it going, the fermentation eventually stuck at 25% residual sugar in late May of 2017.

The wine was filtered on 06/20/17, 07/06/17, 07/06/17, again on 07/11/17 and was sterile filtered at bottling on 09/05/17.

This wine is vegan friendly.

83 cases of 375 mL bottles produced.

Food Pairing

Give berries the spotlight in any dish paired with the Cabernet Franc Ice Wine and you'll have a winning pair. Poached berries, strawberry-rhubarb pie, or even chocolate covered cherries would balance with the luscious, warming flavors of this traditional ice wine.

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