2017 Cabernet Franc – Miller Vineyard
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.
Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing
|SOIL COMPOSITION||Sandy Clay Loam. Derivation Dominantly Granite Rock.|
|VINEYARD PHILOSOPHY||Certified Sustainable|
|TRELLISING||Wide T Vertical Shoot Positioning|
|HARVEST DATE||October 13, 2017|
|BRIX AT HARVEST||27.9°|
|AGING||Neutral French Oak Barrels; 9-36 Months|
|BOTTLE DATE||January 30, 2020|
|CASES PRODUCED||1714 (6 pack cases)|
Miller is unlike any other vineyard we farm in the Clarksburg AVA. The 10.95 acres of Clone 13 and 11 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.
The 2017 growing season marked the end of the drought with heavy winter rainfall that continued into the spring. Due to the rain, timely vineyard practices were crucial and we adapted our cultural techniques to maintain vine balance. Heat spikes during late August to mid-September required close attention to irrigation to ensure vine health. With the given weather, our winegrapes developed the required sugars, but full flavor maturation delayed our harvest. The wait was worth it and the outcome was a vintage that boasts bright and fresh whites with ideal levels of acidity and red wines that are showing good intensity and concentration.
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.