Joe Ramazotti’s living soil in the Alexander Valley grows grapes with unusually lush plum aromas and fine tannins, resulting in a generous sweet core of fruit with very little vegetal character. Working in synergy, Blue Rock Vineyard’s nearby serpentine hillside gives us fruit with an angular, aggressive component which frames and lends definition to the blend. We blended in Mark Lange’s impressive Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon for a more fleshy structure and some chocolaty aroma notes. After 27 months ensconced in small French cooperage, the cuveé developed intense spice aromas and a mineral energy classically associated with Chinon wines, along with the graceful structure and roundness more often seen in Cab Francs from St. Emillion.
Bright and firm, our Franc offers a mouthful of spicy flavor and depth which loves firelight, wild mushrooms and roasted fowl. This wine is to be enjoyed now and can will age gracefully for 10 years or more in a well tended cellar.