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2010 Cabernet Franc Windacre Vineyard


This wine is 95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, wide and generous on the palate, ripe fruit with light tannins. It was aged 18 months in French and American oak. Only 150 cases produced.

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 dark purple hues on the edge. Floral expressions of violet, lavender, spice, strawberry and warm berry pie. On the palate a hint of black currant and black raspberry and cassis. Medium “elegant” tannins, youthful acidity with notes of vanilla, winter spices and cherry cola.

Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 95% “Windacre” Cabernet Franc 5% “Windacre” Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Alcohol: 14.5%
Brix (at harvest): 25.3
pH: 3.59
TA: 7 Barrel Program: 80% French Oak, 20% American 33% New
Production: 150 cases

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2010 Cabernet Franc Windacre Vineyard