2004 Cabernet Franc Alegría Vineyards
This European-style wine is a versatile, food-friendly dinner companion. Enticing aromas of rich cherry, caramel, and toasty oak lead you to lush flavors of bright cherry, plum, and mixed berry, mingled with spicy vanilla, dark chocolate, and hints of cedar and black licorice framed by soft tannins.
Cabernet Franc (which is one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon) produces a nuanced wine that is more aromatic and less tannic than Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes for Acorn’s Cabernet Franc come from vines we planted in our Alegría Vineyards in 1991.
We firmly believe that wine is made in the vineyard. It takes intensive hand labor of removing leaves and extra canes and clusters to assure vine balance with good sun exposure for the grapes to maximize color and flavor development and even ripening. The high quality of the grapes in 2004 enabled our consulting winemaker, Alison Green Doran, to produce this delicious wine.
We harvested the grapes at peak flavor on October 18 and 20, after a long cool growing season. The yield was less than 4 tons/acre.
In keeping with our commitment to field blends, we also harvested Merlot and Petit Verdot (complementary Bordeaux grapes) to co-ferment with the Cabernet Franc. The crushed grapes were cold soaked for ten days before fermentation began.
This wine was aged for 17 months in a combination of American and French oak to integrate and meld the wine’s flavors and soft tannins. Only 11 barrels were produced.
October 18 & 20, 2004
Brix at Harvest:
Aged for 17 months in 67% American and 33% French oak barrels; 58% new barrels
March 27, 2006