Ransom Wines & Spirits 2014 Cabernet Franc, Rogue Valley
Item Number: 10273
Sub Region: Southern Oregon
Appellation/AVA: Rogue Valley
Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Franc
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.7
Total Acidity: 6.0 g/L
Case Production: 263
Vintage Notes: The 2014 vintage may be remembered as the vintage of a lifetime. Conditions were optimal throughout the growing season. Bud break averaged two weeks early, and the lead was maintained through to harvest. Spring conditions were dry and warm, producing even flowering and heavy fruit set. Warm nights and moderate daytime temperatures during the summer months contributed to even ripening without heat stress. Harvest began in late September. Conditions remained mostly dry through September with a few showers at the end of the month, which helped lower the rapidly rising sugars. The fruit arrived in pristine condition, with no signs of disease or bird damage.
Fruit Source: Gold Vineyard and Pheasant Hill Vineyard
Vinification: The fruit was 100% destemmed with a high percentage of whole berries. The cold soak for three to four days ensured gentle yet thorough extraction of color and flavor. The small lots were fermented in 1.5 ton fermenters with D254 and ES488 yeast strains for nine days and hand punched two to three times daily. The wine was aged twenty months in two-year-old mixed French cooperage before being blended and bottled. This wine was minimally processed from 100% free run juice without fining or filtration.
Tasting Notes: Oregon's Rogue Valley is ripe for the reinterpretation of Bordeaux varietals, and this Cabernet Franc is true to both its heritage and the wild terroir of the Southern Cascades. The wine offers bright, evocative aromas of mountain huckleberry, Szechuan peppercorn, and desert white sage. Fine, weathered stone tannins and a bright streak of acidity offer a palate of elegance and nerve. The wine finishes with seductive notes of cassis and plum conserve. Drink now or hold; it will cellar elegantly for at least a decade.