Sultry Cabernet Franc 2014
Few varieties on Earth are as recognizable as Cabernet Franc.
With its fine texture, its mid-level depth and pungency there are very few bottled as single varietals as we have done with Sultry.
Sultry starts with an inviting blue-purple color. The nose is stunning! It has an abundance of elegance presented in a seductive fashion with an exotic roasted nut and dark fruit character and then comes that sweet caramel, cranberry with a touch of licorice and spice in an intoxicating aroma leaving just a hint of lavender and violets.
In the mouth Sultry is full and rich with its berry and plum flavor. Sultry finishes with a very light black cherry flavor, full, rich and satisfying and just to make things interesting, a hint of herbal and mineral notes that add a beautiful complexity to its profile.
A drop dead gorgeous wine with amazing intensity and purity of aromas Sultry is a fine-toned, red-fruited wine built on poise, not power.
Cases produced = 600
The Cabernet Franc grapes are cold soaked then fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel fermentation tanks. On completion of alcoholic fermentation the wine is allowed to remain in contact with its skins for about 40 days, then transferred into barrels.
The ageing phase commences in the cellar and takes 20 months during which the cellar master racks the wines as required to clarify them naturally. No fining agents are used so the wines remain vegan.
French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.