2021 Cabernet Franc/Merlot
54% Cabernet Franc. 46% Merlot. All business.
Old Mission Peninsula
November 4, 2021
16 months French oak, 18% new
April 5, 2023
While we're perhaps best known for our single varietal bottlings of Cab Franc, this wine is a stunning reminder of how Cab and Merlot in equal measure make for great dancing partners. The Cab Franc brings the wonderful structure, elegance, and violet aromatics; Merlot counters with soft plums, dark chocolate, and jammy richness on the palate. Firm tannins ensure that this wine will stand up to your favorite grilled cuisine this summer.
Cool spring. Warm conditions during the summer were followed by early fall rains. Mid-October was drier, and warm temperatures lead to late season ripening.
Both the Cabernet Franc and Merlot were harvested the same day. The fruit was crushed, destemmed, and immediately went into open top stainless steel vessels to begin the process of on-skin fermentation. The grapes were pressed on November 3, 2021, then sent to barrel.