2017 Cabernet Franc
Wine Club Price: $28.71
The 2017 Cabernet Franc has an elegant floral nose, a medium body, ripe varietal fruit, balanced acidity, soft, mature tannins creating a rich, long lasting mouthfeel. This wine is presently showing ripe varietal fruit character including violets, blueberries, currants, maraschino cherries, as well as a dusty, chalky, earthiness reminiscent of previous Cabernet Franc vintages, and a nice hint of French oak. This wine will age well 7-10 years+.
2017 was another amazing year in the vineyard with another early bud break on April 27th and harvested on October 11th. Good early heat in May, followed by a beautiful summer and fall growing season. The grapes for this single vineyard Cabernet Franc were grown on our estate vineyard, River Rock Vineyards, which surrounds our winery in Oliver, BC. The vines were in their 15th leaf when the fruit was harvested. Vineyard is all on south facing slopes where soils are composed of rock, sand, and gravel laid down during the last glacial recession.
The Cabernet Franc was hand-picked on October 11th, and destemmed. Approximately 80% of the fruit was left whole, uncrushed. The grapes were cold soaked between 3-5 days and then fermented in a 2850 litre stainless steel tank. The cap was plunged 2-3 times/day to maximize skin to juice contact. Following fermentation the wine was pressed and transferred to another tank to settle, then to barrels where malolactic fermentation was completed. Wine was aged in French oak barrels for approximately 14 months (33% new). Following aging, final filtering, and bottling were completed.
(May 13, 2019 at 1:20 PM)
I love Cab Franc from Riverstone. We tasted one of the 2017's and it is very good. However I am putting it away for perhaps 2 years when I expect it will be excellent like the 2013 is now.