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Cabernet Franc Reserve 2009
Cabernet Franc Reserve 2009
 
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Cabernet Franc 100%

AROMA: emerging bouquet of violets and resonant raspberry-like fruit

TASTE: returning to the open bottle after several hours you will see the emergence of a mineral and tobacco leaf infused black licorice fruit melded with currants and the flesh of ripe plums

Drink now through 2019.    

Our first estate Cabernet Franc, from our acclaimed Viking Vineyard, emphasizes the plump and fruit forward side of its more usual herbal influenced personality.  The current youthful tannins will reward either decanting or additional bottle age as aeration reveals the emerging bouquet of violets and resonant raspberry-like fruit.  Returning to the open bottle after several hours you will see the emergence of a mineral and tobacco leaf infused black licorice fruit melded with currants and the flesh of ripe plums.  Further bottle age will see additional complexity, reaching an optimum plateau by 2016 and continuing through 2019.    

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes
Our first estate Cabernet Franc vintage emphasizes the plump and fruit for-ward side of its more usual herbal influenced personality. The current youthful tannins will reward either decanting or additional bottle age as aeration reveals the emerging bouquet of violets and resonant raspberry-like fruit. Returning to the open bottle after several hours you will see the emergence of a mineral and tobacco leaf infused black licorice fruit melded with currants and the flesh of ripe plums. Further bottle age will see additional complexity, reaching an optimum plateau by 2016 and continuing through 2019.

Food Pairings

Winemaker Notes
lamb shish-kabobs w/ walnut-mint pesto, roast squabs w/porcini

Vineyard Notes

Vineyard Notes
At 18 acres, our Viking Vineyard is a true mountain vineyard, located on the coastal influenced west Paso Robles, 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Sitting on an extremely steep, south-facing shelf of limestone, the site presents a challenging environment for growing grapes. Vine spacing is the tightest of all five Adelaida vineyards; 4 feet between vines and 8 feet between rows, 1361 vines/acre. Varying between 1,400 and 1,695 feet in elevation, these late ripening vines receive the full arc of the sun while keeping their crisp mountain fruit character, a function of elevation and the dramatic 40-50 degree afternoon cool down brought by the intrusion of the marine air flow. Within our Viking Vineyard is a small section of Cabernet Franc, a mere 1 1/2 acres, that has excelled in the 2009 vintage. In 2010 Adelaida achieved SIP Certification for our sustainable vineyard practices.

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