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2008 Windacre Vineyard Cabernet Franc

Winemaker's Notes

Windacre Vineyard is a single vineyard on the East edge of the Russian River Valley, located on Limerick Lane, Healdsburg, California. This area experiences cool morning fog giving way to warm days and dropping temperatures in the evening.

In the Spring of 2003 a portion of this 11 acre vineyard was replanted to Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, about 1.75 acres in total. The crop load is drastically reduced in this young vineyard to ensure the highest quality of fruit possible, and ensure a long, healthy life for these vines.

Tasting Notes

Great extraction, brilliant color with light purple hues on the edge. Floral expressions of violet, cranberry, spice, strawberry and warm berry pie. On the palate a hint of mulled blackberry and black raspberry, black berry sorbet and a hint of chocolate ice cream. Medium “elegant” tannins, youthfull acidity with notes of vanilla, winter spices and cherry cola.

Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 95% “Windacre” Cabernet Franc 5% Petite Verdot
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Alcohol: 14.5%
Brix (at harvest): 26.0
pH: 3.81
TA: 5.47
Barrel Program: 80% French Oak, 20% American 40% New
Production: 160 cases

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2008 Cabernet Franc Windacre Vineyard