2014 Star Lane Cabernet Franc, Star Lane Vineyard
WINEMAKER NOTES Star Lane Cabernet Franc offers unique components of anise and cherry-flavored wet tobacco to pair with firm strucutre. 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 breezs, a damening 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 brough red fruit and anise, we loved the fresh tobacco notes and structure supplied by a cooler, lamy part of the vineyard. Merlot (15% of the wine) was used to add some lush qualities to the mid-palate without taking over the wine (as Cabernet Sauvignon is at risk of doing).