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2016
Cabernet Franc
Clarksburg
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2016 Cabernet Franc | Miller Vineyard

Aromas and flavors of cocktail green olive that dissipate to dark cherry and floral notes.

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Miller Vineyard . Clarksburg AVA

The wine opens with aromas and flavors of cocktail green olive that dissipate to dark cherry and delicate floral notes. The mellow tones are enriched from the wine spending extended time in French oak barrels, imparting subtle warmth and, as it develops, the finishing of spice, chocolate and espresso. It is an elegant wine that any admirer of classic Bordeaux varietals will enjoy.

 

SOIL COMPOSITION Sandy Clay Loam
VINEYARD PHILOSPHY Certified Sustainable
TRELLISING Modified Vertical Shoot Positioning
CLONE 13
ACRES 6.01
LOCATION 38°17’49.1”N, 121°28’07.5”W
HARVEST DATE October 11, 2016
BRIX AT HARVEST 27.9°
AGING Neutral French Oak Barrels; 9-36 Months
BOTTE DATE March 25, 2019
CASES PRODUCED 998 (6 pack cases)
TA 5.9 g/L
PH 3.65
RS 0.5 g/L

 

Miller is unlike any other vineyard we farm in the Clarksburg AVA. The 6.01 acres of Clone 13 Cabernet Franc develop thick skins to combat fierce Delta winds and each vine seems to perform uniquely due to the topography and soil mix. Grafted from Sauvignon Blanc in 2010, the varietal has performed as we expected - it is difficult to grow, but crafts a beautiful wine.
With above average winter rains, we began the 2016 growing season with enough moisture in the soil profile to delay the start of irrigation. This allowed the vines to grow at their own pace until the crucial time when we began spoon feeding water to control vigor. Warm daytime temperatures and cool nights resulted in all varietals ripening quickly in the first half of the season, but as we came closer to fall, the late ripening varietals took their time reaching maturity. What developed was a long harvest, beginning at the end of July and lasting until the end of October, just before the first major fall rainstorm; lucky for us 99% of our vineyards were harvested. The outcome is a season with average to above-average yields and winemakers please with the quality.
CLARKSBURG AVA - Located on the Sacramento River in the heart of the Delta, the Clarksburg AVA has a profound maritime influence. Cool mornings give way to warm afternoons and temperatures quickly cool again in the evenings. With land at or below sea level, the fertile soil attracts and holds nutrients and water which calls for constant monitoring.