Sultry Cabernet Franc 2018
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.
Grown in Block K4C - the Pritchard Hill region of the Stagecoach Vineyard. The Soil Characteristics in this region are characterized by red, volcanic soils made up of a boulder-strewn clay loam with a few solid rock outcroppings that have been dynamited to create a more uniform soil base.
Due to this section’s southwestern slopes and location, this is a warm area which is great for Cabernet Franc with its more moderate mid-day temperatures due to the marine influence compared with the eastern part of the vineyard.
What makes this spot completely unique is its position at the very mouth of Foss Valley, overlooking Napa Valley, with a southerly view of the San Francisco Bay. There is usually a steady breeze coming up from the valley, providing more marine influence than the rest of the vineyard – the fog usually arrives here first.
All of these factors contribute to the unique terroir of the Pritchard Hill Region, positioning this block for ultimate ripening weather delivering ripe, bold, and extremely concentrated fruit, destined for ultra-premium wines.
French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.