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St Francis Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma 2007
The grapes in our Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon come from our estate vineyards in Sonoma and Russian River valleys, as well as from growers in Sonoma County’s other top appellations, including Carneros, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Rockpile. Each carefully selected vineyard contributes distinctive and individual qualities to the finished wine. All grapes are hand-harvested, gently de-stemmed and crushed before cold-soaking for three days to extract optimal color and flavor. The fruit is then inoculated with many different yeast strains to build complexity, then fermented in separate lots using a combination of pumpovers and delestage to soften tannins. Secondary malolactic fermentation occurs in 50% American and 50% French oak barrels – 25% of which are new.
External Reviews for St Francis Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma
Tasting Notes - Full-bodied Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon with rich mouthfeel, moderate tannins, and deep color accentuating the taste of black currant, plum, blueberry, and spicy oak
Grapes for this Cabernet come from four different vineyard areas within Sonoma County, each contributing distinctive qualities to the finish wine. Aged for 16 months in French and American oak, the wine is smooth and generous, with black cherry, raspberry, black pepper and toasted oak aromas and flavors.
From Sonoma County comes this solid, traditionally made Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich and deeply fruited with great structure, this wine is sure to please at your next backyard barbeque. Will continue to improve with up to seven years of ageing.
St. Francis was established in Sonoma back in 1971 when Joe Martin, a San Francisco businessman and his wife Emma purchased the 100 acre Behler Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, located in the historic town of Kenwood. A winery was built after several years of growing and selling grapes to local wineries, and they gained a reputation for producing vibrant, bold-flavored Sonoma wines from the best regions in the county. 2007 was a stellar year for Cabernet and this one shows the quality and value this winery is known for. Selected from four prime Sonoma sub-regions, the grapes for this Cab were ferment over two weeks and the aged 16 months in French oak barrels. Wine Enthusiast Magazine said about it "Good price for a nicely complex Cabernet for drinking now. Dry and smooth in tannins, it shows ripe blackberry, cherry, licorice and herb flavors, with a kiss of oak." On Sale!!
A blend of the big three Cabernet valleys, Alexander, Sonoma, and Dry Creek. Polished and elegant, with good berry flavors balanced with green olive, dill, unsweetened chocolate and earth. Feels plush in the mouth, smooth and soft, but complex. Good enough for your best fare.
Currant, plum and black currant tones have firm structure, with roasted herbs and cedary notes on the finish. Drink now through 2006.
(Barrel tasting) Firm and structured, with angular tannins and a tight core of earthy currant, tobacco and cedar, Tightens up, with a touch of mustiness.
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This Cabernet Sauvignon has rich varietal character and body. The wine’s firm structure, generous tannins, and depth of color complement classic aromas and flavors of ripe black currant, spicy tobacco, cassis and cedar. It doesn’t get much better than 2007. Sunny and warm all summer long, but never scorching hot, milder temperatures allowed grapes to develop slowly and evenly. An unusually dry winter prompted early budbreak in the spring, resulting in smaller than usual berries and a long, smooth growing season. Harvest began in mid-August at a fast and furious pace, then slowed when cooler temperatures arrived in early September. The last of the fruit was picked in late October, ending a nearly three-month harvest. Not only was it one of the longest harvests in history, but also one of the best in terms of quality.
Notes: 50% American Oak, 50% French Oak