2014 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Franc
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The grapes for this wine were destemmed at the winery and then transferred to tanks. Fermentation occurred at a minimum of 85°F in small-lot, stainless steel tanks. During fermentation, pump-overs were used for intense extraction of color and flavor. Seven percent Cabernet Sauvignon enhanced the structure of the overall wine and the Malbec deepened the color of the final blend and also added some weight on the palate. Malolactic fermentation was completed to create a round mouthfeel. All lots were barrel aged in 225-liter barrels for 17 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, 53% of which were new.
Our Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Franc wine is rich and robust with blackberry and plum flavors accented by notes of brown spice. Firm tannins and a balanced acidity create a complex Cabernet Franc wine that pairs well with a variety of foods from lamb burgers to a succulent strip loin.