2016 Sparkling Cabernet Franc, Happy Canyon - Santa Barbara
VARIETALS: 100% Cabernet Franc
VINEYARD: Crown Point Vineyard
LOCATION: Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara - CA
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 72 cases
TASTING NOTES: Grapefruit, Echinacea Tincture, Umami
Direct pressed into large stainless steel tanks. Fermented down to 15g, then chilled to stop fermentation for 2 weeks. Put into bottle and left on its side for 8 months. Disgorged.
This is our fifth vintage of Cabernet Franc over the last 6 years from Happy Canyon in Santa Barbara. Over this time the vineyard has changed hands a few times to what is now called Crown Point Vineyard. Located Northeast of Los Olivos, Happy Canyon is the warmest AVA in Santa Barbara. Despite the warm days there is a large diurnal shift at night to help keep the grapes natural acidity and freshness. Planted mostly on serpentine soils that are composed of loam/clay loam with varying amounts of chert. Elevation is between 500 to 1000 feet. We pick the cooler part (the lower bottom) of our Cabernet Franc block for the Sparkling. We also make a still Cab Franc.
All of our wines are made naturally, meaning no use of inoculated yeasts or bacteria. We use only native yeast to spark fermentation. We do not add any powdered tannins or enzymes. A minimal dose of S02 is added 4 weeks before bottling to some wines.
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