Robert Sinskey Cabernet Franc, [Vandal Vineyard] (2015)
TASTING NOTES: Inviting aromas of fresh dark fruit like black cherry, blackberry and ripe, tart plum, reveal a wine kissed by the even ripening of the Carneros sun, tempered by morning fog and the cool afternoon winds. Violet, rosemary, bayleaf and a touch of white pepper add layers of intrigue. The first sip delivers a lush and juicy mid-palate that marries generous red and black fruit with kalamata olive and mocha. The finish has classic old world styling in its backbone of graphite minerality, focused, firm tannin, and freshness that carries length and invites a variety of cuisine. Only 489 cases produced!
WINEGROWING NOTES: The organically farmed Vandal Vineyard sits in the foothills of Mount Veeder on the northern border of the Carneros. This is a magical spot for the notoriously finicky Cabernet Franc grape. The long growing season allows the Franc to achieve physiological ripeness at lower sugar levels than warmer growing regions - this leads to elegantly balanced wines with complex, deep flavors at naturally lower alcohol levels.
The grapes were night-harvested by hand and delivered to the cellar in the wee hours of the morning where they were de-stemmed and fermented on ambient yeast. The wine was aged in approximately 30% new French Oak for about two years.