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2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve

2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve
ESTATE GROWN - SANTA YNEZ VALLEY

The 2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve charms the nose with floral red fruit aromas accented by notes of vanilla, cinnamon and dried sage. A mouth filling texture cascades across the palate with generous flavors of plum, black cherry, blueberry and strawberry cream. Hints of cedar and spice join firm tannins on an elegant, enduring finish.

“95 Points…This vibrant Cab Franc is elegant, floral, and fruit-driven.”
-The Tasting Panel

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SKU: 2017CabernetFrancReserve
Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Cabernet Franc
Appellation
Santa Ynez Valley
Vineyard Designation
Estate Grown
Acid
.54
pH
3.57
Aging
34 Months in 66% New French Oak
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Enthusiast
91
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve charms the nose with floral red fruit aromas accented by notes of vanilla, cinnamon and dried sage. A mouth filling texture cascades across the palate with generous flavors of plum, black cherry, blueberry and strawberry cream. Hints of cedar and spice join firm tannins on an elegant, enduring finish.
Vineyard Notes
The 35-acre Brick Barn estate vineyard lies just north of the Santa Ynez River in a largely unexplored winegrowing corridor near the city of Buellton in the western Santa Ynez Valley. Here, persistent sun exposure ensures depth of flavor, while the Pacific Ocean—just 10 miles away—delivers daily cooling that maintains fruit acidity and structure. Our Cabernet Franc is grown in a 2.6-acre block situated along an upper highland at an elevation of 550 feet. Here, rocky loam and limestone soils impart qualities of intensity and finesse. This block is planted entirely with Clone 332, which is prized for its sturdy tannins, beautiful spiciness and Bordeaux-style profile. Perhaps more than any other grape variety, Cabernet Franc exemplifies what is special about the terroir of the Brick Barn estate vineyard.
Production Notes
After harvesting, the fruit was destemmed, cold soaked and fermented over a period of two weeks. At the conclusion of fermentation, the must was gently pressed and settled, and the wine was to racked French oak barrels for aging. Winemaker Adrian Bolshoi selected nine of the finest barrels (featuring 66% new oak) for special reserve treatment. These barrels underwent extended aging for 34 months, allowing for the development of textural depth, supple tannins and seamless integration.
Winemaker Notes
The limited-edition 2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve comes from a special selection of nine barrels chosen for their extraordinary quality. The result is nothing short of a blockbuster wine that will evolve gracefully for years to come.
Product Reviews
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Kristi
(Feb 17, 2021 at 3:21 PM)
This Cab Franc Reserve is my favorite wine right now. I'm going to try to save a few bottles for the future but I do enjoy drinking it right now. It's very flavorful and complex, yet not too heavy - perfect on it's own or with charcuterie or a fancy dinner, or even with pizza. It's very versatile.

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Ed
(Feb 17, 2021 at 8:20 PM)
I was very pleased with all aspects of this bold Cab Franc. This wine goes well with flavorful meats. It has strong scents of fruitful berries that starts strong and finishes well. This 2017 can compare with wines at a much higher price. I highly recommend this. Salud!

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Laura Pablo
(Feb 18, 2021 at 9:24 AM)
I love this 2017 Cab Franc Reserve, it's bold and complex, but finishes well. The crazy thing is that I think the same thing every time I open up a bottle or have tasted it at the winery. It's a keeper for sure, enjoy now or later.... It's a Winner!

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