2013 Star Lane Cabernet Franc, Star Lane Vineyard
WINEMAKER NOTES Cabernet Franc always seems to offer a unique savory component (anise, flavored wet tobacco) to pair with its cherry firm structure. We set out to capture these elements and like our Merlot the majority of the grapes sourced for this wine are perched within a saddle between two tall peaks at Star Lane Vineyard. Thirteen hundred feet above sea level and exposed to daily afternoon breezes, a dampening of diurnal temperature swings promote ripening and balance. To reign in firm tannins we fermented in small, open top fermenters, and limited new oak. While the higher elevation fruit brought red fruit and anise, we loved the fresh tobacco notes and structure supplied by a cooler, loamy part of the vineyard. The two areas, combined with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon for richness, have produced a signature Cabernet Franc from Star Lane Vineyard.