October 5, 2016
Sept. 4, 2017
Wine & Spirits
Cabernet Franc NB6 2016
This signature red variety grows well in our cooler climate. These thin-skinned grapes produce delicate flavors of red cherry, raspberries and sweet tobacco.
After a mild winter with little snowfall and an uneventful spring, the word of the year in the Finger Lakes was drought. Classified as being under ‘extreme drought’ according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, June and July recorded 1 inch of rain or less in both months. Although the hot, dry summer put some stress on vineyards, we enjoyed excellent yields and relatively low disease pressure resulting in a very clean crop. These conditions also accelerated the ripening process. Overall, it was a ripe year with clean fruit, high sugars and low acids. Our vineyards had excellent yields with normal berry size.
Machine picked and hand sorted. 90% crushed and 10% whole cluster, fermented in one-ton open top bins with ICV-GRE yeast. Pressed off on Oct. 18th then racked into barrels to finish malolactic fermentation.
Food Pairing Notes
Savor this vintage with roast chicken and Anjou pears with melted blue cheese crumbles.
(Oct 14, 2018 at 11:22 AM)
One of my very favorite cab francs anywhere