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2015 Franciscan Winemaker's Reserve Red Wine Napa Valley Image

2015 Franciscan Winemaker's Reserve Red Wine Napa Valley

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Deep garnet in color with dark coffee notes lifted by aromas of ripe black currants, Morello cherries and sweet tobacco. Hints of aniseed, black pepper and vanilla. Layered and complex. Balanced but equally complex on the palate with ripe plum and fig, dark brambly berries and soft tones of toffee and chocolate. Richly textured with smooth tannins, well-integrated and full-bodied. Long, elegant finish of dark cassis and black peppercorn notes. 47% Petite Verdot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec
Vineyard Notes
Another warm, drier year, 2015 had ~23" of rain, about 70% of normal. The winter saw replenishing, drenching rains, however the spring was marked by warmth and dryness, getting the vines off to a fast start. Around May cooler temps and foggy mornings set in, which dragged out bloom and affected the "set," or pollination, of the flowers. This resulted in some "shatter," or flowers that do not set, and thus fewer grapes formed. Consequently, the clusters were smaller, looser, with less crop overall than the large 2013 and 2014 vintages. Lighter loads led to accelerated development and a very early harvest. We started harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon on September 9th, which is routinely when we are still bringing in Chardonnay. Picking of reds in Oakville finished on October 5th, very early. The Petite Verdot and Malbec for this blend from our Oakville Estate were picked between September 9 and 11.
Winemaker Notes
At Franciscan, 200 individual lots of red wine are made during the vintage, each representing a unique combination of vineyard block and barrel type. This is our winemaking philosophy - crafting small lots to capture the best expression of the grapes each year. The Winemaker's Reserve is a very special blend to make. Each year we choose a collection of lots and combine them to produce a wine that highlights the best that the current vintage has to offer. Often the wine is led by a single varietal. In 2015, we decided to craft this wine as a red blend, combining the richness and weight of Petite Verdot, the strength and boldness of Cabernet Sauvignon and the lovely fruit notes of Malbec. The blend effuses suppleness and personality, and the varietals combine to produce a seamless but complex expression of our Napa Harvest 2015.
Wine Specs
Red Blend
Napa Valley
6.2 g/L
20 months in small French and American oak barrels; 50% new oak.
Pre-fermentation cold soak of 4 days to enhance color and body. Fermentation and maceration averaging 22 days to build structure and integrate mouthfeel.
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