2019 Brecon Reserve Cabernet Franc (Limit 6)

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2019 Brecon Reserve Cabernet Franc (Limit 6)
2019 Brecon Reserve Cabernet Franc (Limit 6)

Try sitting down with a grandparent sometime and listen to tales of old. When men were bold (stereotype, sorry). They have their stories down, sliding effortlessly in and out of various plot twists and turns. You pick up a different nuance each time you hear it, much like the integration produced by these old vines. It might have taken fifty plus years to get there but would easily top a Shorty Award (Storytelling Championships). Sitting regally on its own Calcareous hilltop, they’re reaching that point in life when the smooth old rascals are considered to have a lovely lightness of touch, be subtly fragrant and rather flirtatious; softer than the more masculine Cabernet Sauvignon. Strangely, it still pairs remarkably well with a tender juicy steak in a restaurant's most romantic alcove.

 

99 Pts. Best in Show. LA International. March 2022

93 Pts. Doug Wilder, Free Run Juice. April 2022
 
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Production notes

Our second ever Reserve Cabernet Franc! This one being way more varietaly true than the previous version. It manifests itself as a strong aromatic tea-leafy character in the ferment. Akin to an English Breakfast or perhaps an Assam. This eventually fades and fully integrates itself into the wine adding even more complexity. It does however take a little longer than your average cuppa to brew. Twenty months in fine French barriques plus a minimum of seven months bottle age before release. 

Vintage2019
Varietal Composition87.45% CF AD BRECON,
4.55% CS AD BRECON,
4.55% PV AD BRECON
3.45% 20MBBRE
AppellationPaso Robles Adelaida
Acid0.56g/100ml
PH3.84
AgingDrink Now - 2030
Residual Sugar0.04g/100ml
Alcohol14.80%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/23/2021
Cases Produced232
Brecon’s Cabernet Franc is from the highest point of our Estate vineyard, yet it's in a cool coastally influenced spot so we get extra long hang time harvesting typically in the first week of November. Just as the first Pacific storms start to roll in!  Rocky hilltop soils make the vines struggle, yet produce super intense berry flavors.  Planted in the 70's, the vines have passed their youthful exuberance, settling down into their best producing years. Back then nobody was planting Cabernet Franc on hilltops.
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