October 5, 2017
open top bins
Aug 28, 2018
Cabernet Franc NB6 2017
This signature red variety grows well in our cooler climate. These thin-skinned grapes produce delicate flavors of red cherry, raspberries, and sweet tobacco.
GROWING CONDITIONS: The 2017 winter was the most mild in the last four. A cool spring held back bud break (and potential frost damage) until May. These two factors combined to set the stage for a fruitful vintage. The GDD's (growing degree days) were close to average through June and July but dipped in August. Rainfall was above average right through the growing season which inevitably increased disease pressure and crop load. Thankfully, September and October were warmer and drier than average thus allowing the grapes more time to mature and develop flavor. 2017 pulled off the seldom seen scenario of high quality wine in a high yielding vintage.
Machine picked and hand sorted. 90% crushed and 10% whole cluster fermented in one-ton open top bins with GRE yeast. Pressed off Oct. 30 & Nov. 2, 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.