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Steppingstone Cabernet Franc Rutherford 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Again this year, the primary fruit source for this wine is a hillside vineyard on the eastern slopes of Rutherford. The property is owned and managed by Frank Woods, esteemed viticulturist with decades of experience. A long, cool growing season in '05 gave us beautiful fruit with tremendous flavor and personality. This vineyard was harvested late in the year under October skies, with plenty of hang time to full ripen and develop the profound aromatics that are the hallmark of Cab Franc. Blueberry and floral notes, particularly roses, and a hint of lavender are especially expressive in this vintage. The blend is 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon added for depth and complexity. The flavors of blueberry, black cherry, cassis and chocolate are very full and intense, carried on a current of supple tannins to a lush and lasting finish. Months in barrel: 16 months Oak: French

Region: USA » California » Napa » Rutherford

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Again this year, the primary fruit source for this wine is a hillside vineyard on the eastern slopes of Rutherford. The property is owned and managed by Frank Woods, esteemed viticulturist with decades of experience. A long, cool growing season in '05 gave us beautiful fruit with tremendous flavor and personality. This vineyard was harvested late in the year under October skies, with plenty of hang time to full ripen and develop the profound aromatics that are the hallmark of Cab Franc. Blueberry and floral notes, particularly roses, and a hint of lavender are especially expressive in this vintage. The blend is 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon added for depth and complexity. The flavors of blueberry, black cherry, cassis and chocolate are very full and intense, carried on a current of supple tannins to a lush and lasting finish. Months in barrel: 16 months Oak: French

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