Cedar-cigar box notes aromatically right up front with hints of classic sweet clove from the Franc and a deep rose.
On the palate the clove, cedar mingles with black fruits and a touch of pepper to form a complex spicy wine with a Bordeaux like minerality accented by currants, pomegranate and black plum. Complex and full bodied, yet bright with big shoulders and a long finish.
This is only the third wine I have made in this blend design in my 30+ years of winemaking. For those that have followed my Reserve type Cabernet Francs and Reserve Merlots since the early 80's this will remind many. But don’t expect a grocery store Merlot or simple Cabernet Franc. Includes fruit from the Carpenter vineyard in St. Helena)
The fruit was punched cap fermented.
Barrel aged for 39 months in selected French Oak barrels then blended prior to bottling.