2001 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

77% Cabernet Franc, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot
Harvest Date: October 3, 2001
TA: 5.9g/l
pH: 3.81 (after fermentation)
Alcohol: 14.3%
Cooperage: 90% French, 10% American,
38% New
100% Napa Valley
Filtration: None
Bottling Date: July 21, 2004
320 cases produced
100% Estate grown, produced, and bottled

Food pairing suggestions: Rich, intense dishes- ranging from steak au poivre to dark chocolate.

The earthiness of wild blackberries and sun-warmed raspberries greet your nose. And for your palate, this deeply colored Cabernet Franc delivers a blend of currants and blackberries with a hint of cinnamon. This wine has a dry, pleasantly strong finish. The 2001 Cabernet Franc while ready to drink now, will improve with several years of aging.

The 2001 Cabernet Franc fermented in open top half ton bins and macerated for approximately three weeks. It was then aged for almost two years in about 90% French Oak barrels and 10% American Oak barrels. This wine was periodically racked, lightly fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered in July of 2004.

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