2017 Cavern Select Cabernet Franc
The 2017 Cavern Select Cabernet Franc has aromas of cinnamon spice, bramble, and burnt sugar. Flavors of vanilla, violets, and cigar smoke accompany this wine’s stout structure and long finish.
Cabernet Franc comes from a warmer area in the Adelaida District, Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Geneseo, Adelaida, and Creston Districts.
Grapes were brought in and fermented separately by vineyard. The wine that makes up this lot did malolactic fermentation in 100% French oak (75% new) and aged 20 months in barrel.
Food Pairing Notes
Wood fired pizza, burgers, and manchego.
The 2017 vintage began with above average rainfall as the Paso Robles area began to rebound from drought. The wet start was followed by average temperatures that lasted through June. Higher than average winds during bloom affected fruit set in some areas of Paso Robles. Harvest was a few days later than average this year, compressing our growing season. A severe heat spike in September with highs of 115 degrees halted maturation, delaying harvest for about two weeks. Temperatures became more seasonal throughout October until a frost in some areas of Paso Robles in late October created more challenges for our harvest. Overall, the 2017 harvest was an oddly paced, challenging harvest in Paso Robles. Despite difficult conditions, the vintage shows excellent maturity and depth of flavor.