elementwinery-2010cabfrancreserve-012010 Cabernet Franc Reserve

Varietal: 100% Cabernet Franc

Production: 80 cases, 100 magnums

Viti/Vini: 2010 was a near perfect classic vintage in the Finger Lakes. A wonderful summer and moderate fall gave clean, ripe, and elegant fruit. Hand-harvested and hand-sorted before de-stemming and fermentation. Spontaneous ferment, with no additions or additives, and no SO2 until malolactic finished. After basket pressing and a short settling, the wine was aged in neutral 500 liter French oak for 30 months.

Our goal is not to make single vineyards, reserves or any such thing to boost our label count. We want to make one wine that is representative of it’s varietal and vintage each year. That’s it. Unfortunately, something happened with the 2010 vintage. And so, right out of the gate, we screwed up and made a reserve wine. Sorry. The 2012 Cabernet Franc is the equivalent of the 2010 Reserve.

Tasting Note: This wine is our flagship wine. We knew from the beginning that these two barrels were special, and they continued to be. It was a tough choice, but, we decided to bottle them separate, and what is in this bottle shows why. Cassis, black plum and blackberry, mix with herbal, pyrizinic notes, hard mineral, cigar box and gravel notes, leading to a big full round finish that maintains its balance and elegance throughout.