Cabernet Franc - Harbinger Winery
The Cabernet Franc is showing very nicely, with loads of ripe, tarry fruit, leather, solid yet elegant tannins and sweet spice. There’s a mouthful of depth to this wine that promises a hike into the high country with flavors of wild berries, fragrant oak, and sunbaked savory herbs. Winemaker Notes: Picked at 26 brix, crushed and destemmed and left on the skins for 2 days for cold soak prior to inoculation. Fermentation took approximately 12 days with manual punchdowns for the first 6 days, and the wine was pressed off and left to settle prior to being racked into barrel. A regiment of approximately 20% new American oak, 60% 2-4 year old oak, and 20% neutral oak barrels was followed. At blending, we found a dash of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot enhanced the wine without hiding to elegance of the spotlight varietal. We anticipate this wine being ready to drink starting in 2020.