The Vandal Vineyard Cabernet Franc!
One hundred percent Cabernet Franc, one hundred percent stunning!
The 2017 vintage ended with one of the most trying times in our four decade history. Climate change driven fires roared through the valley, threatening the winery, vineyards, homes and lives. We were fortunate to have picked the five lots selected for this blend before smoke and fire ended harvest. The 2017 vintage is a pure rendition of RSV Cabernet Franc. This 100% Cabernet Franc is comprised of five individually fermented lots from RSV’s organically farmed Vandal vineyard. The fruit was hand picked, de-stemmed and fermented with native yeast in open-top fermenters where gentle cap irrigation was deployed.
Violet, blackberry, bay laurel and star anise dance above the rim of the glass, flashing the complexity of Cabernet Franc grown in RSV’s relatively cool, organically-farmed Vandal Vineyard in the upper Los Carneros region. We like to think of this vineyard as being the center of the “Right Bank” of Napa. Quintessential ripeness rings true at first sip, with lush black cherry, blackberry bramble and currant running alongside salted plum, Kalamata olive, cacao and a touch of black pepper. The 2017 vintage produced a high energy wine with fine, nervy tannins and bright, mouth watering acidity that support the generosity of fruit to make this wine ready to be enjoyed with dinner tonight or cellared for a rewarding future. 491 cases produced.
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