2015 Russian River Cabernet Franc
Los Amigos Vineyard
The 2015 Wait Cellars Russian River Cabernet Franc is made from 100% hand-picked and hand-sorted fruit from the Los Amigos Vineyard. Los Amigos sits south of Healdsburg, California and east of highway 101 where the western benchlands of the Mayacamas range flatten out, a relatively warmer area of Sonoma County where the Russian River Valley and the Chalk Hill appellations overlap.
2015 was a warm, dry, even vintage at Los Amigos. Picked at 23 brix, the clusters underwent an 11-day carbonic maceration, to soften tannins and alcohol naturally and bring forward scrumptious black and red fruit flavors. After 11 days the grapes were unsealed, treaded by foot, and native yeast conducted the remainder of the primary fermentation. The wine was pressed into neutral oak barrels. There it remained sur lie, occasionally stirred, until racked in the spring and bottled unfiltered in summer.
We hope you enjoy this gently-made, exuberant expression of this elegant, noble grape.
Production: 60 cases
Release: Spring 2017
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Franc
Soil: Cole, Huichica loam
Crush: Hand harvest, sort; 11 day carbonic maceration
Ferment: Warm, closed top, native “wild” ferment
Elevage: 10 months neutral European oak
Aromas: Blueberry scone, white pepper, slate
Palate: Medium-bodied, firm acids, mild grip on finish
Recognition: Silver, 2017 SF Chronicle Wine Competition, Silver 2017 San Francisco International Competition