2010 Merryvale Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, 1.5L
The fruit for our Cabernet Franc was handpicked in the early morning hours to preserve freshness and skin integrity. The grapes went through a multiple sorting process at our historic winery in St. Helena before being gravity fed into small fermenters. The juice spent an average of 22 days on the skins for additional color and extraction, and both primary and malolactic fermentations were with native yeast. Extended skin contact, both pre- and post-fermentation maximizes extraction of flavor, color, and aromas. The wine was aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels with minimal racking before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Plum, blueberry, mandarin orange, pine resin, pie cherry, smoke and vanilla bean all combine for a very complex array of aromas. The palate is lively, managing to be simultaneously structured and weightless. This wine will age for a decade and beyond. Decant in its youth.