2019 Shenandoah Spring Cab Franc
Winemaker Note: In the 2019 vintage, this bottling is one of five expressions of Cabernet Franc that we produced. We believe this grape is reflective of place and transparent of site when handled appropriately, and we are offering both regional and vineyard specific bottlings to highlight these expressions. In general we look to the valley for finesse, aromatic density and silken texture, but the wines tend to deepen as we move north, as it is slightly lower elevation and one of the driest parts of the East Coast. In 2019 all of our reds were riper, with more richness than usual, and the Shenandoah Springs is the most extreme example of the northern valley meets a hot and dry vintage. A smallish crop combined with a very long and warm ripening period make this one of the the most powerful Cabernet Francs we have bottled.
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. Though the 2019 vintage brought deep ripeness and power, we stayed true to our approach, and the result is a wine that brings purity to the dense black fruit of the vintage with plenty of plum, black cherry and graphite. While ripe and rich, the wine is also wound tight around the tannic structure, making it slow to show its true character and hungry for oxygen. Once open, the density of the wine makes for impact and length, carrying the flavors and tannin through the finish.