The 2016 Cabernet Franc is redolent with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, violets and dried sage. A lusciously rounded texture fills the mouth with jammy flavors of black cherry, plum, cola, oak and baking spice. Deft acidity and supple tannins combine for a lengthy, lifted finish. This is a beautifully composed and integrated wine that showcases Cabernet Franc at its finest.
Our estate Margarita Vineyard stands alone and apart as the only vineyard in its vicinity, unfolding along mountainous fossil-riddled terrain just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Few vineyards are blessed with such a remarkable convergence of soil, climate and rugged beauty. This limited-edition Cabernet Franc comes from Block 9, which slopes toward a northeastern exposure. This exposure shields the vines from the late afternoon sunlight, resulting in a long, steady growing season that produces Cabernet Franc fruit with beautiful ripeness and proportion.
Steady weather and small yields in 2016 produced fruit with excellent evenness and concentration—and our Cabernet Franc was no exception. After the fruit was harvested on October 9, it was destemmed and cold soaked prior to fermentation for a gentle extraction of color and flavor. At the conclusion of fermentation, the wine was racked to neutral French oak barrels, where it matured for nearly two years prior to bottling. Winemaker Stewart Cameron prefers neutral oak for Cabernet Franc because it allows varietal purity to shine through the wine.