2015 Argyle Cabernet Franc

2015 Argyle Cabernet Franc

This is a warm climate, low alcohol wine with lots of flavor and an abundance of character.  It’s a winemaker’s (and wine drinker’s) dream come true: violets, mint, chocolate, smoky oak, rich mouth feel and a long finish. Pairs well with grilled New York steak, rack of lamb or roasted Portobello mushrooms.

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SKU: 1029
Wine Specs
95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
San Antonio Valley
Vineyard Designation
Argyle Vineyard
10 months
French oak barrels, 33% new
Bottling Date
August 19, 2016
Alcohol %
Winemaker Notes
First let’s discuss Cabernet Franc the varietal. It is grown in Bordeaux and in the Loire regions of France (as well as many other places around the world) and is known mostly as a component in blends that contain Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Although typically grown in the same regions as those two varietals it offers a little more climactic flexibility and can flourish and ripen in cooler climates (much like Syrah). ** Yes, Cabernet Franc is often seen as “a blender” and often without a platform of its own…If a wine blend were a rock band then “Cab Sauv” would be the flashy, brash lead singer guitarist while “Cab Franc” would be backup singer and bass player – steady, dependable, talented and often overlooked. The San Antonio Valley experiences heat during the growing season – similar to the northern San Luis Obispo County area – but nighttime temperatures at this vineyard’s particular site can also drop well into the 40’s. This temperature difference encourages flavor development over sugar accumulation which in the bottle means concentration without the alcohol. We all know the phrase “You can’t have your cake and eat it (too)” -- we are after all in California so then rich flavorful wine must be high in alcohol and lower alcohol wines are, well, flabby and dull – right? Not so fast…
Vineyard Notes
Planted on a southwest facing site on sandy loam soil in the San Antonio Valley AVA (that’s not in Texas – it’s in Southern Monterey County near San Antonio Lake), this vineyard grows not only Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot but also to Syrah and Petite Sirah and is owned by one of our very own wineclub members Joe Greene. For this wine, we harvested 1.77 tons of Cabernet Franc on September 15, 2015 and 1.877 tons of Petit Verdot on September 11, 2015. These were harvested by hand at night.
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