Once & Future 2017 'Frances Cuvee' Bedrock Vineyard, Sonoma Valley
Item Number: 14510
Sub Region: Sonoma
Appellation/AVA: Sonoma Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Bedrock Vineyard
Grape(s): 72% Cabernet Sauvignon / 14% Merlot / 7% Petit Verdot / 7% Cabernet Franc
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Tuscan Red Hill Series
Joel's Tasting Notes: Bright, perfumed blackberries, cassis, and cedar. Fresh clean structured black fruit, vanilla and spice finish. A formidable wine that will live for a long time.
About the Name: "When I first thought about making wine, I imagined I would make a Bordeaux blend. I certainly had a deep history of tasting and drinking such wines. Lucky for me, Bordeaux was much less expensive in the early 1970s, and I had collector friends who enjoyed sharing their wines with me. I became attracted to the elegant aromatics, complex flavors, aging characteristics, flavors of terroir, and history of the chateaux that these wines displayed. Some of the Bordeaux I sampled at an early age came from my parents’ cellar. Both of my parents were enamored with wines of the Gironde, but my mother, Frances, was particularly taken with them and was quite good at identifying chateau and vintage in blind tastings. For this reason, I honor my mother by naming this California proprietary red blend Frances Cuvée." - Joel Peterson
Vineyard Notes: The Bedrock Vineyard has 44 acres of some of the oldest heritage vines in Sonoma County. This part of the vineyard produces grapes for some of California’s great heritage field blends. Much of the rest of the vineyard is planted to the Bordeaux varieties—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Joel's co-ferments the grapes in his California field blends; therefore he thought it might be interesting to ferment a Bordeaux blend in that same fashion, picking all the grapes at the same time and fermenting them together. Frances Cuvée is the result. The wine is a very pretty representation of a French oak-aged California proprietary red blend.