2015 Foley Sonoma Cabernet Franc, Alexander Valley
True to the varietal, this Cabernet Franc marries bright fruit with herbal aromas, along with a bit of tobacco to create a complex and inviting nose. Mature and darker fruit gives way to flavors of tobacco and dusty herb creating a balanced wine that evolves tremendously over an hour in the glass. Although this wine is drinking well in its youth, laying it down for 3-5 years will round it out even more.
76% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Tannat
October 15, 2015
22 months in French oak, 40% new
The vineyards of Foley Sonoma lie at the heart of our estate in the Alexander Valley. Our Cabernet Franc comes from just one acre of our estate valley floor planted on mostly clay soils. The block is oriented north/south, and benefits from plenty of sunshine during the growing season. Following harvest, the grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks and then racked to French oak barrels. After aging for 22 months with regular lees stirring, the wine was bottled.
2015 was another warm year with one of our earliest harvests to date. Yields were lower than the past few growing seasons, but the quality of fruit was exceptional with concentrated flavors and balanced acidity due to consistently warm temperatures throughout the season. The grapes for our 2015 Estate Cabernet Franc were harvested on October 15, 2015.
Only 160 cases produced.