2006 Cabernet Franc Alegría Vineyards
Best of Class & Double Gold Medal - 2008 California State Fair Wine Competition
Elegant and refined, our 2006 Cabernet Franc offers intense aromas of currants, cedar, and toasty oak. Rich dark fruit—black cherry, blackberry, plum, and currant—balance nicely with the oak and softening tannins. Layers of spicy black pepper and coffee with a touch of cedar join the delicious fruit flavors mid-palate and seamlessly merge to form a long, lingering finish.
November 2012 Update: Several years of cellaring have allowed the wine’s components to be at their best. The next six months will be the perfect time to enjoy this sophisticated, opulent Cabernet Franc.
Cabernet Franc (the red parent of Cabernet Sauvignon) from our Alegría Vineyard achieves a perfect balance of aroma and flavor, and in 2006, our 15-year-old vines gave us another delicious wine.
In the cool climate of the Russian River Valley, our Cabernet Franc ripens very slowly. We picked on November 6, long after most of the other grapes in Sonoma County were harvested.
This very long ‘hang time’ allowed the grapes to develop wonderful dark fruit flavors and aromas. These flavors were concentrated by the low yield of only 2.7 tons per acre.
In keeping with our commitment to field blending, we harvested Merlot and Petit Verdot (complementary Bordeaux grapes) on the same day to add complexity to the wine.
Under Alison Doran’s direction, the three varieties co-fermented for 20 days before pressing, including four days of extended maceration to soften the grape tannins, resulting in a flavorful and balanced wine.
We pressed the wine to a carefully selected mix of European and American oak barrels. This mix of forests and coopers further enhanced the wine’s character.
November 6, 2006
Brix at Harvest:
Aged for 17 months in 40% French, 30% American, and 30% Hungarian oak barrels; 52% new oak
May 1, 2008