Bloomer Creek Cabernet Franc 2019
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Cabernet Franc and Vin d’été: In cooler years with less ripening, we make a different style of wine from of our Cabernet Franc grapes by using a different “recipe.” In a good ripening season, the hand harvested grapes will be partially de-stemmed, crushed and fermented with whole clusters added back in open top fermenters for two to three weeks at cellar temperature. The juice then remains on the gross lees for 10 to 11 months in 12 year old (and older!) French oak barrels. In cooler years we make “Vin d’été” in a style akin to carbonic maceration using a high percentage of whole clusters in the fermentation. Vin d’été is not aged in oak. The resulting style is lighter – brambly and bright, drink Vin d’été lightly chilled.