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2019 Cabernet Franc – Dry Creek Valley



Our first release, 2019 Cabernet Franc from Dry Creek Valley

This wine is the perfect embodiment of the idea where preparation and execution meet sheer dumb luck. I picked these grapes on October 18th, 2019, with the goal of creating a wine that struck a balance between the light and elegant Cabernet Francs of the Loire Valley and the bigger and extracted style that has risen out of California. After a five-day cold-soak, I inoculated the must with two different commercial yeasts, and I was beginning to think that everything was going to go off without a hitch. Well, that was what you call in the industry wishful thinking.

Three days into this Cab Franc’s fermentation, mother nature decided to change the direction of the Kincaid fire and redirect it straight into the town of Healdsburg and directly into the path of the Meeker winery, where this wine was made. On a smokey Saturday morning, I was in the middle of my Saturday morning shift at the winery when a police officer marched into the winery and stated with authority “There is a mandatory evacuation of Healdsburg, as the fire is getting too close. Get out now!” I quickly, calmly and albeit stupidly responded with “How mandatory is mandatory?”. I only asked this because I wanted to take some time to try and create the safest environment for my wine and luckily the officer gave me a three-hour window to do as much as I could before I had to leave or risk getting arrested for disobeying a lawful order.

Fortunately, after a three-and-a-half-day evacuation, I was allowed back into Healdsburg to check on the wine which had finished up fermentation on its own, cleanly (meaning no issues arising) and (with the blessing of the harvest gods) was tasting great with zero signs of smoke damage. A few days later, I decided to press the wine off the skins and racked it into neutral barrels where it remained for almost 16 months. I bottled the wine on February 11th, 2021, to preserve the freshness and elegance that this wine was showing. This wine is unfined and unfiltered and in my humble opinion the definition of elegant Cabernet Franc.

This wine first opens with notes of black cherries, blackberries and strawberry and follows in line with hints of jalapeno peppers, black olives, and hints of cuban tobacco. The tannins are soft and supple and do not intrude and the acidity provides a freshness that helps keep the wine in balance. There is a smooth finish that lasts for a considerable amount of time and leaves you wanting more.

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Weight 4 lbs
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