2010 Bouquet Cabernet Franc
The North Fork of Long Island, New York
In a good vintage, Cabernet Franc is very, very good, and 2010 on Long Island was such a vintage. Our Long Island climate is cool enough to give balanced acidity and warm and sunny enough to showcase its fruity characteristics. Cabernet Franc is more intensely aromatic and spicy than Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and less tannic and lighter bodied than Cabernet Sauvignon.
Medium-bodied and oaked, with fine soft tannins and balanced acidity. Aromas of cherries, back currants, raspberries, licorice and herbs. Yummy!
L.I. vines benefitted from early spring rain during the growing season. A very warm and exceptionally dry summer sped up the ripening of grapes. Light rain during the early fall contributed to the quality of the vintage. Fall weather was perfect for harvesting without having to rush. A superlative vintage.
Harvested at the end of October 2010 at 23.5 brix, bottled in March 2012, releasing in May 2012.
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: 3.64, TA: 4.9.
Excellent 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.
$21.99 / 750 ml