2016 Firestone Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley
This wine expresses aromas of roasted spiced plum, tobacco and toasted brioche. On the palate, a balanced composition of red fruit flavors, premium oak and acidity make for an enticing wine, start to finish.
61% Merlot, 19% Syrah, 10% Grenache, 8% Riesling, 2% Petit Verdot
Santa Ynez Valley
August 23 - October 7, 2016
13 months in French, American and Hungarian oak, 20% new
2016 was another vintage of both high quality and quantity of fruit. We had early bud break, which began in the third week of February, and a warm spring that led to slightly earlier bloom. Summer temperatures were mild and warm resulting in good fruit set and average yields. We harvested all the fruit on August 23 - October 7, 2016 - the earliest harvest to date - in cool temperatures to ensure cold fruit at pressing.
The Santa Ynez Valley is located just two hours north of Los Angeles and five hours south of San Francisco, adjacent the cold Pacific Ocean. With the greatest concentration of wineries in Santa Barbara County - roughly 18% of its total land planted to vineyards - it is among the favorite weekend destinations for wine aficionados in the Central Coast region.