Cedar-cigar box notes aromatically right up front with hints of classic sweet clove from the franc and a deep rose. On the palate the clove, cedar mingles with black fruits and a touch of pepper to form a complex spicy wine with a Bordeaux-like minerality accented by currants, pomegranate and black plum. complex and full bodied, yet bright with big shoulders and a long finish.
The fruit was punched cap fermented and barrel aged for 39 months in selected French oak barrels then blended prior to bottling.
This is only the fourth wine I have made in this blend design in my 38+ years of winemaking. For those that have followed my reserve type cabernet francs and reserve merlots since the early 80’s this will remind many. But don’t expect a grocery store Merlot or simple Cabernet Franc.