2012 Bouquet Cabernet Franc
The North Fork of Long Island, New York
Cabernet Franc is more intensely aromatic and spicy than Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and less tannic and lighter bodied than Cabernet Sauvignon. Our Long Island climate is cool enough to give balanced acidity and warm and sunny enough to showcase its fruity characteristics.
Medium-bodied and oaked, with fine soft tannins and balanced acidity. Aromas of cherries, back currants, raspberries, licorice and herbs.
The 2012 vintage started and ended early. March was quite warm and budbreak came in mid-April. The summer was warm and dry, and many varieties were mature by Labor Day, about two weeks earlier than normal. Harvest began between the rain in late Septemer and early October, and finished before Hurricane Sandy arrived on October 29.
While yields were down, the quality of the 2012 was very good. This is our second release of Cabernet Franc, which we launched with the 2010 vintage. The grapes were harvested in October 2012 and the wine released in May 2014.
Yeast: T73. Method of pressing: destemmed and crushed. Pre-fermentation techniques: soaked for 3 days. Length of maceration: 24 day. Fermentation vessel: stainless steel. MLF: yes. Vinification method: punch down, peak temperature at 40º F. Filtration and fining methods: coarse filtration to maintain texture and tannin.
Alc: 13%, RS: <0.1%, pH: 3.62, TA: 5.88.
Excellent with Tex Mex (quesadillas), Italian cuisines (mushroom risotto), French bistro dishes (steak frites), vegetarian dishes (veggie burgers) and mild hard cow’s cheeses, such as cheddar or gouda.
Silver Medal, New York WIne and Food Classic, 2012
$21.99 / 750 ml