2015 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Franc
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Cabernet Franc
Spring Mountain District
Alcohol %

2015 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Franc


"Brawny in generous fruit and tannin, this 100% varietal wine is from a low-yielding vineyard at elevation. Soft layers of black cherry, clove and a welcome helping of dried herb combine effortlessly on the full-bodied palate to offer complexity and concentrated flavor."  93 Points—Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast


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Properties: Bales Creek Vineyard
Appellation: Spring Mountain District
Clonal Selections:  214 cabernet franc
Yield: 2 tons per acre

Growing Season

The 2015 growing season in Napa Valley started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May (during the peak of bloom) caused uneven fruit set which ultimately resulted in much smaller crop in 2015, compared to both average yields and also the three abundant years that preceded it. As a result, winemakers worked hand-in-hand with vineyard crews and also employed new technologies, like optical sorting, to ensure they picked and crushed only the best quality grapes. The harvest was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, beginning on July 22 with the picking of grapes for sparkling wine, and concluding for most all vintners and growers in the valley by mid-October. While ongoing drought was of great concern to farmers around California, Napa Valley received 75% of normal rainfall for the water year, bringing far fewer water concerns for Napa Valley's vintners. Perhaps the most notable natural occurrence of the year was the devastating Valley Fire that broke out in Lake County to the north in mid-September. Although the fire was tragic for the Lake County residents who lost their lives and their homes, prevailing winds blew the fire's smoke away from Napa Valley. At the time of harvest, there were no reports of smoke taint affecting Napa Valley wines.
Harvest Date: September  25
Harvest Brix: 26.5



Hand-harvested, picked at night
Gently de-stemmed and whole berries transferred to stainless steel
Cold soaked for 48 hours
Inoculated with D254 yeast and fermented for 21 days on the skins
Free run juice drained from tank, settled for 24 hours then racked to barrel
Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 66% new
Coopers: Nadalie, Orion and Ermitage

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2017
Composition—100% Cabernet Franc
115 Cases produced