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Cabernet Franc is the parent of cabernet sauvignon. Traced to the Basque region of France, it cross pollinated with sauvignon blanc producing the offspring cabernet sauvignon. Adelaida planted cabernet franc in 1991 and 2007 on the Viking Vineyard.
2013 brought a continuation of low rainfall and typical coastal mountain swings of warm days and cool nights. In our sites, full ripeness leads to notes of blue and red berries, different than in cooler regions where the grape exhibits a slight herbaceous character. Harvested earlier than cabernet sauvignon, the fruit was hand sorted, de-stemmed, moved through a brief cold soak with juice pump overs leading to yeast inoculation and fermentation in small open top vats. Left on the skins for several days, the new wine was racked into mostly new French oak barrels where it rested for nearly two years. With elegant fine tannins the wine is a patrician to cabernet sauvignon’s machismo, moving from violets to flavors of pomegranates, blueberries, graphite and tea. Will benefit from additional aging, best from 2018-2023.