2016 Cabernet Franc

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2016 Cabernet Franc
2016 Cabernet Franc

It shows a complex medley of fresh ground herb, pleasant green pepper, and a moist earthiness ending with mineral and cherry aromas. There's alluring textures and purity to its graceful fruit and savory flavors that carry all the way into the wine’s finish. It’s a delicious wine that will definitely improve with time in the cellar. The tannins are well polished, carrying cocoa, dried herb and black-cherry flavors mixed with roasted and toasted oaky bouquets. Hold onto to this one for at least 7 years for best drinking results.

Tasting notes

It shows a complex medley of fresh ground herb, pleasant green pepper, and a moist earthiness ending with mineral and cherry aromas. There's alluring textures and purity to its graceful fruit and savory flavors that carry all the way into the wine's finish. It's a delicious wine that will definitely improve with time in the cellar. The tannins are well polished, carrying cocoa, dried herb and black-cherry flavors mixed with roasted and toasted oaky bouquets.  Hold onto to this one for at least 7 years for best drinking results.

-Paul Frankel, Winemaker

Production notes

All fruit was processed immediately following the harvest. The grapes were destemmed directly into small half-ton macro bins enabling time for cold soak followed by yeast inoculation. We selected yeast T-73 to ferment the wine for its ability to capture dark color, enhance the wines mouthfeel, and boost the inherit fruit taste present in the grape. The wine was aged in a combination of 500L and 300L barrels. These larger format barrels are ideal for their longer aging potential while adding subtle oak characteristics to the wine. One barrel of Merlot helpedto smooth out the wine, bringing subtle plum fruit, softer tannins and a slight acidic life in the wine’s texture.

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Vintage2016
VarietalCabernet Franc
Varietal Composition89% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot
AppellationPaso Robles
VineyardFrankel Family Estate
Acid0.65 g/ml
PH3.72
Residual Sugar0.02 g/100 ml
Alcohol15.50%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/15/2018
Cases Produced225

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Concentrated aromas of dark-red currants and sandalwood show on the nose of this bottling, which also includes 11% Merlot. It's fresh and tart on the palate with sour cherries, dried herbs, tobacco and black-pepper spice. MATT KETTMANN

Sculpterra's all estate grown Cabernet Franc is a combination of 89% Cabernet Franc from the Frankel Family Estate, "Lago De Lo Patos" block, and 11% Merlot from the "Hillside" block. 2016 marks the eighth producing year of Frankel Family Cabernet Franc and the vines are unquestionably hitting their best years by producing wines of consistent taste and style. This 1.5-acre vineyard produces  superb uniform clusters; it's truly remarkable to see just how alike and perfect each cluster looks. We performed all the  necessary vineyard canopy management, with shoot thinning and leaf pulling. We also used guide wires to lift up the morning side of the canopy allowing for optimum light and air flow to the ripening fruit.

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