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2016 Argyle Cabernet Franc

2016 Argyle Cabernet Franc

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. This wine is a rich, dark plum color. Concentrated and complex aromas of blueberries, sage, violets, chocolate, and mushrooms. Dark currant, toasted oak flavors with opulent tannic structure and a velvety finish. Should age nicely in the next 5 years.

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SKU: 16argylecabfranc
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Cabernet Franc
Appellation
Monterey County
Vineyard Designation
Argyle Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 21, 2016
Aging
12 months
Fermentation
French oak barrels, 25% new
Bottling Date
January 23, 2018
Alcohol %
14.1
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...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 wine club members Joe Greene. For this wine, we harvested 5.4 tons of Cabernet Franc on September 21, 2016 and was harvested by hand at night.
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