2016 Foley Sonoma Cabernet Franc, Alexander Valley
True to the varietal, this Cabernet Franc marries bright red cherry with herbaceous notes and cigar box to create a complex and intriguing nose. Silky tannins and an elegant acidity balance the bright fruit creating a complex and inviting wine. Although this wine is drinking well in its youth, keeping in a safe place for 3-5 years will add more depth and intrigue.
76% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
October 13, 2016
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.
2016 was a superb vintage in Alexander Valley. Although yields were slightly lower than in 2015, fruit quality was high across all varietals. Veraison set in early and completed by the end of July - beginning of August, and a week of warm temperatures pushed harvest up ahead of schedule. The fruit was harvested October 13, 2016 and entered the crush pad in optimal condition.
171 cases produced