2018 E11EVEN CABERNET FRANC
Cabernet Franc possesses a strong tannin structure, dark color and a unique flavor profile that can produce high quality wines, in a variety of dramatically different climates. It is grown throughout California in many different regions and is becoming increasingly popular as a single-varietal wine. We are proud to grow amazing Cabernet Franc grapes on our very own Estate Vineyard, which sits at a slightly higher elevation, above the fog layer. In 2018, The hottest July on record led to surprisingly cool temperatures in August which blessedly continued into September. In addition, cold, crisp evenings allowed for grapes to hang on the vine, late into October. This is one of the latest harvests I’ve experienced in Santa Barbara County. The 2018 vintage expresses rich flavors of fresh summer plum, brambled blackberries, crushed gravel, and lilac with a cooling herbaceous undernote. We balance the tannin structure of this wine by fermenting in tank and pumping over twice a day. This promotes a softer, more gentle extraction. We complement this by aging for 20 months in 25% New French oak to really allow this wine enough time for the tannins to soften before bottling.