2015 Cabernet Franc

CERQUEIRA VINEYARD, BLACK SAGE GRAVEL BAR, UNFINED

BB-CabFranc-2015-2

Tasting Notes

Like many wines of the 2015 vintage, this wine is concentrated, and dense. With its concentrated fruit and velvet soft tannins, the wine seems almost perceptably sweet. Smoky aromas with chocolate, cedar, and blackberry last through a long minerally finish. 

Growing/Vinification

Bud burst occured evenly by April 14, 2015. Blossom was recorded at 75% complete on June 6, with no remarkable weather events to interrupt this. Fruit set was even and complete by June 16. Hardening of the canes was observed by July 10, and continue through the fall. Veraison was recorded at August, 1. The grapes were harvested September 29-October 1, with average brix of 24.5, pH of 3.51, and TA of 5.9. The grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed directly into 5 and 2 ton open top fermenters, allowed a spontaneous fermentation, and pumped over or punched down, twice a day. Maceration time was 35 days, at which point the wine was pressed, settled, and racked to barrels for ageing. Two clarifying rackings took place before bottling in March, 2017.

Vineyard Notes

Below Black Sage road between Oliver and Osoyoos, this vineyard has a gentle West-facing slope. The soils are dense loam topsoil above gravel with limestone (calcium carbonate) covered granite, quartz, and basalt cobbles throughout a deep profile. Irrigation and groundwater accept minerals from these rocks, and in turn, deliver them to the vines, causing a profound effect on the grapes. The Cabernet Franc block was planted spring of 2008.

 

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