2020 Cabernet Franc
My favorite rendition from this vineyard so far, this wine ticks all the boxes that make cab franc one the most satisfying wine to make and drink. That mix of fruity and earthy elements, brightness and depth; The silkiness and vibrant breadth of the mouthfeel that streches out into the distance. Woohoo! 59 cases produced.
2019 Cabernet Franc
The 2019 CABERNET FRANC hails from a diminutive quarter of an acre vineyard tucked against a volcanic rock hillside. Outgoing, friendly, certainly showing the fruity side of this variety without eschewing that faint herbaceous character from its Cabernet Sauvignon parentage. I call it my “yet” wine: Fleshy yet fresh, smooth yet structured, versatile yet complex. With a little digging, one can find hints of pink peppercorn, clove, licorice, blueberry, and magnolia blossom; a mix that straddles the line between western and eastern flavors, like a bridge over the Bosphorus. 48 cases produced.
The 2018 MONTEPULCIANO from the Fox hill vineyard in Mendocino is a little bear of a wine. Unsuccessfully trying to hide a warm heart and complex personality behind a bit of muscular posturing, it will shed the rough edge right away given the proper food accompaniment (bold flavors, grilled meat, southern Italian anything…). Full, big, juicy, showing white pepper and blackberry at the forefront, it takes a masculine (musk, tobacco flower, leather) turn in the long finish. The grainy tannins should take a more polished sheen in the next few years. 73 cases produced.
2018 Cabernet Franc
Juicy black cherry, savory hint of red pepper, musky je-ne-sais-quoi, this wine checks all the boxes of a solid and pure Cabernet Franc. From a tiny vineyard in the north-eastern part of the Russian River appellation, only 35 cases produced.
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From grapes grown at 1300 feet elevation in the Yorkville Highland appelation of Mendocino county.
This wine shows the classic side of Montepulciano with bitter chocolate and dusty, tobaccoey notes. There is plenty of tannic structure here but the wine manages to stay light on its feet thanks to moderate alcohol and good acidity. Half of the grapes were wholecluster fermented which adds a bit of peppery complexity.