2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

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2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

With its dense texture and intense ripe flavors, this 100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is an impressively powerful wine that delights from start to finish. Wholly ripe flavors of dark blueberry are concentrated with layers of tannins that are well integrated now but will improve with cellaring time. 

Tasting notes

Characteristics of tart cherry, red currant and ground black pepper combine to create a nuanced palate in this wonderful wine. Chocolaty oak shows first on the palate, with blackberry and spiced plum accenting the finish. You can enjoy this wine upon release but don’t be misled, this wine will age for 10 or more years to come!
- Paul Frankel, Winemaker

 

Production notes

The harvested Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were picked at night and delivered to the winery at sunrise. Harvesting at night ensures that the fruit is cold, fresh, and the best quality for high end winemaking. The grapes were processed with extreme care and minimal intervention. Each of the four lots were de-stemmed and fermented on the skins for 2-3 weeks, depending on initial sugar levels and yeast selected. We pressed the skins using our micro basket press, just half a ton at a time. We aged the wine in a combination of new and used barrels. World Cooperage’s ‘SOLEI’ barrels were used for their aggressive oak impact, imparting molasses, vanilla and caramel tastes into the wine. The wine aged for 18 months in barrel before being bottled in May 2019.

 

Download Wine Notes
Vintage2017
Varietal100 % Cabernet Sauvignon
AppellationPaso Robles
Vineyard100% Frankel Family Estate
Acid0.67 g/100 ml
PH3.67
Residual Sugar0.02 g/100 ml
Alcohol14.50%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/15/2019
Cases Produced720

 

89POINTS

Concentrated aromas of Concord grape, purple flowers and cinnamon spice show on the nose of this bottling. The tannins grab hold of the palate right away, and then allow flavors of ripe blackberry and red cherry to mesh with mace and clove. - Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

2017 will be remembered as an outstanding year for Frankel Vineyard’s Cabernet Sauvignon.  The perfect growing season led to a long and balanced harvest, producing Cabernets of exquisite taste, texture and flavor.  This vintage combines four Cab blocks from the 265-acre ranch at Frankel Vineyards.  Combining fruit from the hilltop and valley floor created complex flavors, silky tannins and a rich, savory finish.  The vines were hand pruned, shoot thinned, suckered and limited to only 3-4 tons per acre.  The resulting berries were tiny and thick-skinned, releasing dark color to the wine with intense opulent flavors.  The vines are root-deficit irrigated, meaning that watering only occurs in the peak of spring and summer.  The vineyard soils are a varied mix of limestone, small stone, and rocky areas, with mostly a clay-loam profile.  Harvest began in the middle of October and was completed by the first of November.  

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