2018 Leo Steen Ascona Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Retail Price: $45.00
Our Price: $35.99
Vineyard: Ascona Vineyard is located on a sloping plateau at an elevation of 2,400 feet in the Santa Cruz Mountains (home to such famed wineries as Ridge and Mt. Eden). Though Ascona gets abundant sunshine, its elevation keeps it cool. This, and the site’s well-draining decomposed sandstone and shale soils, provide ideal conditions for growing Cabernet Franc, allowing the grapes to ripen without getting overly sweet.
Harvest: Though yields were low in the Ascona Vineyard, the 2018 growing season produced another exceptional vintage. Cooler temperatures lead to a long growing season, without any major heat spikes, which allowed grapes to ripen smoothly .To preserve the high natural acidity we prize in our wines, we picked our 1.5 acres of Cabernet Franc on October 12th at 23.0 Brix.
Fermentation: We fermented our Cabernet Franc in open-top tanks, using native yeast, and 20% whole cluster to underscore the varietal’s herbal, savory side. We pressed using a basket press, and aged the wine for 12 months in 40% concrete egg to preserve freshness, and 60% French oak barrels for structure and mouthfeel.
Cellar Notes: This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered, in December of 2019.
Tasting Notes: This expressive wine displays a gorgeous nose of black Cherry and bitter dark chocolate, as well as layers of pepper and violet. On the palate, age worthy tannins underscore a savory mix of dark fruit, pine sap and Kirsch.
Vision: This wine takes its inspiration from the wonderful Cabernet Francs of the Loire region. After looking for an ideal vineyard site for many years, I found what I was looking for at the family owned Ascona Vineyard—an ideal mountaintop site for growing a savory and sophisticated expression of Cabernet Franc.
Total acid: 6.4 g/l
Malolactic fermentation: 100%
Cases Produced: 200
*Price and availability in store may vary. Vintage date different than pictured.
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