Aged, Full-Bodied Cabernet Franc

Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Franc

/ 750ml
2016 Vintage

We only release this wine in years when everything is ideal. The fruit is 100 percent Cabernet Franc from two blocks on the renowned Monte Rosso vineyard. It sits above the fog line and receives the ideal combination of sunlight and cool breezes to build concentrated fruit notes and layered, complex flavors. With an average age of 25 years, our mature full-bodied Cabernet Franc vines bask in sunlight above the fog line, building concentrated fruit notes and layered, complex flavors during the long growing season. Brilliant ruby coloring and inviting aromas of raspberry, rose and brown spice are backed by rich flavors of dark chocolate, mineral and toast on the palate. Full bodied, this monumental wine wraps up with hints of game and pepper on a long finish. Drink now or hold for 4-8 years.

The 2016 is an extraordinarily dark and elegant wine with a basket of aromas and flavor notes, ranging from ripe cherry and blackberry to sage and crème brulee, plus Monte Rosso’s signature spice. The silky texture and luscious body create a long finish with potential to age at least a decade.

Winemaker notes:

2016 Vintage: The Cabernet Franc grapes were hand harvested and delivered to the winery in small bins. The grapes were sorted by hand, then destemmed and partially crushed before being gravity-fed into our small, 3.5 and 7 ton open-top tanks for a 3-day cold soak. Up to 14 days after primary fermentation, the wine was gravity racked into oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged 15 months in French oak barrels (54% new) and 6 months in bottle.

Viticulture notes:

2016 Vintage: Our Cabernet Franc vines are an average age of 25 years and sit above the fog line, receiving the ideal combination of sunlight and cool breezes to build layered, complex flavors. The 2016 growing season was another dry, warm and steady one with no weather events impacting quality or yield. Consistently mellow temperatures throughout the spring and summer allowed grapes to ripen fully and evenly, and a slightly early harvest allowed us to pick every block at optimum ripeness. The result was concentrated fruit of particularly high quality with rich flavors and complexity.