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2011 Cabernet Franc Windacre Vineyard


Double Gold Medal - New York Finger Lakes Wine Competition
Gold Medal - San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

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 Petite 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

The color gradates from dark purple to magenta along the edge. This wine has an elegant fragrance of pomegranate, warm berry pie, black currant and baking spices. Pomegranate dances across the palate with a hint of black currant, black raspberry and cassis. Medium tannins, youthful acidity with notes of vanilla and chocolate. Long lingering finish.

Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 95% “Windacre” Cabernet Franc 5% “Windacre” Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Alcohol: 14.1% Brix (at harvest): 24.5
pH: 3.83
TA: 6.0
Barrel Program: 80% French Oak, 20% American 33% New
Production: 260 cases

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2011 Cabernet Franc Windacre