2017 Cabernet Franc, Lodi
Red Cherry, Sage, Oak
Age 5-7 years
- 3 days cold soak
- 100% destemmed, whole berry fermentation
- Fermented 12 days in plastic open-top bins
- Punched down 2–3 times per day to ensure complete fermentation
- Fermented warm to 90 degrees
- Aged for 18 months in French oak (40% 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 Sauvignon, 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.
The winter of 2017 brought huge amounts of much-needed rain. With one major heat spike in August, it was an overall warm year that brought a slightly smaller crop with good intensity and flavor.