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Wine Specs
Cabernet Franc
Knights Valley
Vineyard Designation
Bavarian Lion Vineyard
Alcohol %

2018 Cabernet Franc

Knights Valley Bavarian Lion

Fresh cigar, dark red fruits, and clove all waft out of the glass. Cherry pie elements mix with sauteed sage and olive tapenade on the palate creating a combination that is both fruit forward and savory. Velvety tannins make for a smooth texture and long finish that echoes clove, cigar, and dark fruit.

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Winemaker’s Notes: This Cabernet Franc grows in the rocky soils near the scraggly oak trees at the Bavarian Lion Vineyard in Knights Valley. A very warm climate near Calistoga, the stressful growing conditions lead to smaller, more intensely flavored and colored fruit. Making this wine is all about respecting the time it takes to get it perfectly ripe, which is a long time with Franc from this vineyard! Equally important are the barrel selections which are chosen to enhance the natural velvety tannins and interesting spice components.

The Vintage: 2018 vintage allowed for picking at the perfect moment, and in the case of this Cabernet Franc, waiting patiently for the perfect moment. Throughout Sonoma County and Napa, moderate weather lead to perfectly ripe grapes. As always, the quality work of our vineyard partners like Bavarian Lion set the stage for incredible wines to be made!

Varietal composition: Cabernet Franc: 100%

Appellation: Sonoma County, Knights Valley, Bavarian Lion Vineyard: 100%

Vineyard(s): Knights Valley, Bavarian Lion Vineyard

Barrel composition: New French oak: 70%, Used French oak: 30%

Alcohol: 14.8%

Winemaker: Garrett Martin

Cases: 420

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