2012 Element Winery Cabernet Franc
"Production: 120 Cases
"Viti/Vini: 2012 was an outstanding vintage. A long, warm summer gave way to a gentle fall, allowing for maximum ripeness potential. Hand-harvested and hand-sorted before de-stemming and fermentation. Spontaneous ferment, with no additions or additives, and no SO2 until malolactic finished. After basket pressing and a short settling, the wine was aged in neutral 500 liter French oak for 30 months.
"Our goal is not to make single vineyards, reserves or any such thing to boost our label count. We want to make one wine that is representative of it’s varietal and vintage each year. That’s it. Unfortunately, something happened with the 2010 vintage. And so, right out of the gate, we screwed up and made a reserve wine. Sorry. The 2012 Cabernet Franc is the equivalent of the 2010 Reserve.
"Tasting Note: Dark fruit, currant, black plum, black cherry and blackberries, this wine demonstrates the classic Franc aromatics of herbal, leafy, pyridine notes associated with the varietal, but balanced and integrated with mineral, gravel, violet and tobacco. The palate is long, balanced, and elegant. This wine is perfect for long term aging, but drinks well now." - Winery