Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Cabernet Franc is one of the few 100% Cabernet Francs produced in California. Many think of Cabernet Franc as only a blending grape, and we do blend a small percentage into our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and our premium blend CYRUS. Early on we quickly realized that our Cabernet Franc was exceptional on its own and started bottling a few cases of the 1996 vintage for the tasting room. Since that time the wine has consistently been recognized as one of the top examples from California. "This wine gives wine lovers a chance to see what Cab Franc actually tastes like" says Winemaker Kevin Hall, “The varietal has a softer tannin profile than our Cabernet Sauvignon.” The western drought continued in 2015 and was once again the topic of much discussion. A cool spring, rain at bloom and a hot July along with the continued effects from the lack of rain contributed to lower yields and one of our earliest harvest dates. After harvest the grapes were fermented in our smaller tanks resulting in good extraction and concentrated flavors. Pumpovers occurred twice daily for two weeks and then the wine was aged in French oak barrels for sixteen months. The French oak adds nice tannin to the mid-palate, while the vanilla and spice from the barrels complement the dark berry flavor.
The 2015 Cabernet Franc is a dark purple wine with aromas of dark fruits, blueberry, chocolate, vanilla and a slight floral quality. There are flavors of plum, black cherry, vanilla, blueberry and cassis. This is a rich, lush wine with a nice balance and a textured, structured finish.
Food Pairing: Classic with grilled meats, wild game and lamb. At home we like to pair this with lasagna and other meat ragus . Try it with Maytag Blue or Jasper Hill Blue cheese to end an evening.
Profile: • Dark fruits, vanilla & chocolate • Rich texture & long finish