Cabernet Franc 2017
A Perennial Favorite Of Our Wine Club
This is a delicious example of that "other" Cabernet, which is actually a much older grape variety than Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc is very versatile wine. It offers many of the positives of both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Our 2017 vintage is 82% Cabernet Franc with 16%% Merlot and 2% Malbec blended in to help give it more stucture and body but not enough to mask the beautiful Cabernet Franc aromas and flavors we love.
Vineyard Signs Along Highway 128
Frequently a passerby driving on Hwy 128 sees our vineyard signs and comes into our tasting room exclaiming “I see you have a Cabernet Franc!” So we know there is a significant group of fans who enjoy this food-friendly wine. The 2017 is nicely balanced and showing very well for a young wine. We often serve Cab Franc with roast pork or turkey as it is very versatile and food-friendly. It is "The Cab for White Meat."
After a careful field selection and harvested on Oct 30th, grapes were gently crushed and put in open top fermenters, where they received three days of cold soak. The grapes were gently crushed, and cold soaked for three days before inoculation with Pasteur Red yeast. Fermentation was held at a constant 80°F for 15 days and then the wine was gently pressed and racked to French oak barrels for aging. After 18 months the wines were settled, fined, and gently filtered before bottling. Lovely now, or hold up to 3 to 8 years.
Awards By Vintage – Cabernet Franc, Our Rennie Organic Vineyard
2016 - Gold, 92 pts., Tastings.com
2015 - Double Gold, San Francisco Chronicle
2014 - 93 pts/Gold, Beverage Tasting Institute
2013 - 93 pts/Gold, Beverage Tasting Institute
2012 - 86 pts, Beverage Tasting Institute
2010 - Gold, New World International; 88 pts, Food & Beverage World
2008 - Silver, San Francisco Chronicle
2007 - Gold, San Francisco Chronicle, 92 pts, Food & Beverage World
2005 - Best of Class, Cal State Fair
2004 - Best of Class, Cal State Fair
2003 - Gold, Mendocino County Fair
2002 - Silver, Mendocino County Fair
2000 - Best of Class, L.A. County Fair
1999 - 86 pts, Wine Enthusiast
1998 - Best of Class, California State Fair
1996 - 86 pts, Beverage Tasting Institute
1994 - Silver, Pac Rim International