This single vineyard, 100% Cabernet Franc displays deep
plum color, medium brick red on the edges. The aromas are
rich with ripe Cabernet notes such as cassis, black cherry,
leather and cigar box. The palate is very concentrated with
a rich sappy core of fruit backed by firm tannins with soft
supple edges. The core fruit is blueberry and boysenberry,
with silky vanilla from French Oak. Additionally there's a
subtle spice which explodes out of the Cabernet matrix
making this Franc varietally distinct... View More
A 100%-Cabernet Franc from mountainous El Dorado County! This wine's crazy good with tons of varietal character — woodsy tannins, touch of green pepper, vials of violets — that’s also packed with plenty of great plum, cassis and savory notes of leather and mocha, all in a memorable package. With plenty of grip and acid, enjoyed over a meal, it gets better by the minute and has the depth to age 5 - 10 years, too.
Winemakers Richard Bruno and Chris Condos first met while students at UC Davis, bonding over their love for Chenin Blanc and other obscure grape varietals. They established Vinum Cellars in 1997 with their first vintage of Chenin Blanc and since then have expanded production to include different varietals from multiple California AVAs.
Their philosophy is that winemaking begins in the vineyard and thus they value their strong relationships with top California growers in key locations. The duo has long-standing relationships with growers in Napa, Sonoma, Clarksburg, Monterey and Paso Robles.