2015 Reserve Cabernet Franc

Only certain barrels are selected for blending in our reserve red wines.  Each vintage may produce only a small amount if any, and we proudly bottle this small allotment under the reserve label.

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Print Wine Notes
Vintage:2015
Wine Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Cabernet Franc
Varietal Composition:
89%Cabernet Franc
9.8%Merlot
1.2%Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation:Finger Lakes
Harvest Date:10/27/2015
Acid:6.5 g/L
pH:3.42
Bottling Date:09/15/2016
Residual Sugar:.3%
Alcohol %:13.4%

Tasting Notes

Tobacco, fresh herbs, and red fruit on the nose, with graphite, white pepper and macerated strawberry to round out the palate. Soft tannins support a lingering finish.

Winemaker Notes

.8 tons of Cabernet Franc were harvested on 10/27/15 (21.6 Brix, TA 6.4 g/L, and a pH of 3.55), placed in the reefer to cool for 2 days, then crushed and destemmed into a wooden bin on 10/29/16 and placed back in the reefer to cold soak until 11/02/15. The bin was removed from the reefer on 11/2/15, the must was heated and inoculated with 3001yeast. It fermented for 6 days, with 2 or 3 punchdowns per day.  The must was pressed using the wooden basket press. The wine was racked to barrels 3 weeks later, including 2 older French oak barrels (8th use or older) on 12/01/15. ML fermentation finished by mid December. Both barrels were selected for inclusion in the Reserve Cabernet Franc blend.

The Merlot fruit was harvested on 10/17/15 (21.4 Brix, pH of 3.35), and the Cabernet Sauvignon on 11/10/15 (22.9 Brix, a TA of 7.7, and a pH of 3.50).

The wine was racked from barrel and blended on August 3, 2016, after 8-9 months barrel aging, and was chilled to 35F for 2 weeks for cold stabilizationIt was filtered and bottled on 09/01/16.

This wine is vegan friendly.

53 cases were produced

Food Pairing

The medium body and high acidity of Cabernet Franc makes a perfect pair with tomato based dishes such as chicken cacciatore, or a tangy vinegar based BBQ sauce. Fresh herbs in a chimichurri sauce over pork will highlight the clean herbal note of this limited quantity Reserve wine.

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