Sultry Cabernet Franc 2010
This heady, seductive wine is an amazing example of Cabernet Franc as a single varietal.
Originally planted to use in our Bordeaux blends this heady, seductive wine obviously deserved to be bottled as a single varietal. An absolutely perfect wine for meat with a creamy sauce like stroganoff or very rare steak from steak tartar to black and blue.
Just imagine how good would this wine pair with finely minced raw steak, served with onions, capers, fresh ground pepper and Worcestershire sauce, perhaps bound with a raw egg yolk, served on rye bread then finishing off with a crème brûlée.
Like our prior Cab Franc the nose is simply stunning! In the mouth it puts an end to the belief that Cab Franc is all about aroma.
Lighter in body than Cabernet Sauvignon, Sultry has a stunning nose showing a spicy aroma of sweet fresh-cut cedar accented with a hint of pencil shavings and a serious red and black berry combination.
A surprisingly balanced palate. Rich raspberry and plum in the mouth with fine supple tannins persisting from nose to mouth and lingering on the finish rounding out the entire tasting experience.
The 2010 grape harvest was challenging with a wet spring followed by a late bud break and then a long, cool growing season that ended with a heat spike bringing the grapes to a quick maturity. As expected this gave us slightly lower sugars with higher acids and deep colors and flavors.
The season caused us a lot more time in the vineyard trimming fruit or pulling leaves to assure full fruit maturity and lower than normal yields. We ended up with remarkable quality of fruit throughout our range of vineyards which led to a more restrained, elegant style of wine.
French Oak for 29 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.