2015 Cabernet Franc, Clements Hills, Lodi
Dark Plum, Sage Brush, Black Pepper
- 2–3 days cold soaking; 100% destemmed, whole berry fermentation
- 15 days fermentation in plastic open-top bins
- Punched down 2–3 times per day to ensure complete fermentation
- Fermented warm to 85 degrees
- Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels (30% new)
George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
Cabernet Franc creates a medium-bodied wine with great structure, and is lighter in color and body than its genetic offspring Cabernet Sauvignon. Loved for its minty, savory flavors and mouthwatering taste, Cab Franc blends well with Cabernet, adding a slight floral quality. Cabernet Franc also makes for an exceptional standalone wine.
Clements Hills is east of the town of Lodi and experiences warmer days and, unlike Lodi, cooler nights. Rolling hills with pronounced rocky soils keep yields down, allowing Cab Franc to express its true varietal character. Lewis Vineyard runs parallel to the Mokelumne River, providing the vineyard with cool evening breezes from the Sacramento Delta.
In early 2015, California experienced 30% more rainfall than in prior years, easing concerns over a possible fourth consecutive drought. Bud break in March was normal, but May was cold and wet, disrupting bloom and reducing crop loads up to 40% in some areas. Despite this, the vintage produced wines that are more structured, ensuring greater ageability.