2018 Quaker Run Cabernet Franc
Wine description: We like to say our approach to Cabernet Franc is more Burgundy than Bordeaux, meaning we look for silky rather than tannic structure and favor the aromatic potential of the grape over the flavor of the barrel. We should also point out that much of the Franc that we work with lends itself to this approach. The result is a wine that leads with fruit, framing classical herbal notes; a wine that has richness without feeling heavy. Since we work with reduction in Cab Franc, the fruit and herbs are highlighted by savory, umami notes of mushroom and damp, fertile soil. We now have three vintages of Quaker Cab Franc and all are marked by aromatic focus and purity of fruit. In 2018 we feel even closer to the Burgundian concept of depth without weight; even though it is a “lighter” vintage, the detail of the mountain fruit shows us the reason we plant these slopes.
Winemaker Note: This is our third vintage of bottling Block 1 of Quaker Run Vineyard on its own, though in 2018 we bottled a very small amount, due to challenging vintage conditions. In general, Quaker Run manages to bring more structure and density without being overly tannic or acidic; and this is on display again, with an elegant imprint of the 2018 vintage. We still find amplification of precision, and the wine carries the hallmark of mountain fruit that we find in most wines from Quaker Run: purity. It is also the Cabernet Franc where we find the most beauty in aroma, and our approach is always to understand and convey the fragrance of the fruit from this slope.