August 8, 2013 | Denise Clappier
We are pleased to announce the release of our 2011 Cabernet Franc!
APPELLATION: Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes
VINEYARDS: Atwater Estate 100%
HARVEST DATE: Oct. 24, 2011 HARVEST BRIX: 19.2
GROWING CONDITIONS: The Finger Lakes region dealt with its most difficult growing season in recent memory. It started with a rainy April and May, but by June, warm, dry weather dominated. As the first rains arrived in August, they came as a relief, helping vines recover. But the rains continued persistently through September and the vineyards could not dry out. This has been a 'lower brix, moderate acid year' with abundant crop yields.
BLENDING INFORMATION: 100% CABERNET FRANC
PRODUCTION NOTE: Fermentation in tanks and bins.
TIME IN OAK: 9 months - American Oak
ACIDITY: 5.7 g/L pH: 3.42 RESIDUAL SUGAR: .3% ALCOHOL: 13%
BOTTLING DATE: August 28, 2012
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 116 cases
RELEASE DATE: August 9, 2013
TASTING NOTES: Cab Franc has become one of the most promising red vinifera grapes in the Finger Lakes, where our cool climate produces incredibly food friendly reds. Breathe in subtle aromas of violet and rose petal while flavors of cedar, black plum and cherry mingle on your palate.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Try this vintage with pork tenderloin stuffed with spiced pears & gorgonzola or a cedar-planked salmon with fresh dill cream.