2014 Rolling View Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Rolling View Vineyard
Aged 3+ months in 100% 1-year-old French oak (Damy Cooperage) and 8 months in 100% neutral oak Twice racked. Un-fined and unfiltered.
We are huge Cabernet Franc fans at Chateau Tumbleweed and each year we’re torn over blending this single Cab Franc barrel away into Lil Frankie. In our third year working with this fruit, we decided we had to bottle it separately. Rolling View Vineyard has an austerity and restraint unlike its next-door neighbors – one that suits Bordeaux varietals especially well. This wine has an amazing interplay of acid and tannin, a cool dusty spice and classic Cab Franc fruit characters.
95% Cabernet Franc from Rolling View Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 31st - 3% Syrah from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 3rd - 2% Tempranillo from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 29th - Sugar at harvest: 25.2 Brix
Destemmed, but not crushed to open top 1⁄2- and 3⁄4-ton bins. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (BDX). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Alpha) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 9 days skin contact. Settled 4 days before barreling.
Drink now or cellar 5+ years