Aged, Full-Bodied Cabernet Franc

Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Franc

/ 750ml
2014 Vintage
/ 750ml
2015 Vintage

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.

2014 Vintage: This Cabernet Franc comes from the west-facing slopes and legendary volcanic soils of Monte Rosso Vineyard. It is a special wine we release just every other year. It’s a brilliant ruby color and invites with aromas of raspberry, rose and brown spice. The rich, layered flavors include brambly fruit, dark chocolate, mineral and toast. Gently bold tannins frame the full body and the long finish wraps the fruit flavors with hints of game and pepper.

2015 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. The 2015 Cabernet Franc is an elegant wine with a basket of aromas and flavors, ranging from blueberry, cherry cobbler and ripe figs to cola, toasted coconut and the classic Monte Rosso spice. The silky texture and luscious body create a long finish with potential to age at least a decade.

Winemaker notes:

2014 Vintage: The grapes for our Monte Rosso Cabernet Franc were harvested by hand, then hand-sorted, destemmed and partially crushed before being gravity-fed into our 3.5- and 7-ton open-top fermenters. After primary fermentation was complete, the wine was gravity racked into oak barrels for malolactic fermentation.

Up to 10 days after primary fermentation was complete, the wine was gravity racked into French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine remained in individual barrel lots through the winter and spring, then were assembled into the majority of the blend in early summer 2014. The flavors were allowed to integrate before the wine went back into barrels for another year of aging. In total, the wine was aged 20 months in 100 percent French oak barrels, 74 percent of which were new.

2015 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, 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 20 months in French oak barrels (64 percent new).

Viticulture notes:

2014 Vintage: With an average age of 25 years, our mature Cabernet Franc vines bask in sunlight above the fog line in the renowned Monte Rosso Vineyard. They produce rich fruit and build deep, complex flavors during the long growing season. The 2014 season was excellent – dry and warm, with early bud break, steady temperatures and long hang time. Consistently mellow temperatures throughout the spring and summer allowed grapes to ripen fully and evenly, then an unusually long harvest gave us concentrated, well-structure fruit of exceptional quality and depth.

2015 Vintage: Our Cabernet Franc vines are an average age of 25 years and sit on west-facing slopes in Monte Rosso’s red volcanic soil. The 2015 growing season on Monte Rosso’s mountaintop was another in a string of warm, dry and early seasons with quality rivaling the best we’ve seen in previous years. Mild weather without heat spikes or cool stretches lasted through the spring and summer, allowing slow, even ripening that built excellent ripeness and complexity. A mild, dry harvest gave us small berries with intense aromatics, concentrated ripe fruit flavors and outstanding structure and balance.