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Russian River Valley

Sonoma County


Vineyard

Alegría


Grower

Bill Nachbaur


Harvest Dates

10/6/12


Alcohol / pH

13.4 % / 3.66


Titratable Acidity

0.61 gms / 100mL


Barrel Aging

17 months in French Oak

(12% new)


Cases Produced

200


Suggested Retail

$28

2012

Alegría Vineyard

Cabernet Franc


We have always enjoyed cabernet franc as produced in the Loire Valley, the historical source for many delightful French bistro wines.  Searching here in Sonoma County we found a vineyard that produces cabernet franc grapes in this style, the Alegría Vineyard near Healdsburg.  Owned by Bill and Betsy Nachbaur, this vineyard is a cool site for cabernet franc, even if it is the warmest section of the Russian River Valley.  The grapes take a long time to mature here, typically not ripening until late October, and some years November.  Bill's viticultural expertise and the vineyard's limited vigor conspire to produce cabernet franc true to the Loire benchmark style.

The Alegria soils are a deep clay loam, slightly acidic, and peppered with stones of oceanic and volcanic origins.  The vineyard was planted in 1991 to Clone 1.  The double cordon trellising at Alegria is higher than normal allowing better canopy control for balancing sunlight/shade to achieve optimal flavors.


Winemaker Notes


2012 will be remembered as a perfect growing season in the Russian River Valley, with no heat spikes, significant rain, or weather upsets.  Consequently, the Alegría cabernet franc was ready to go by the first week of October, showing ample fruit and maturity.

The 2012 Alegría Cabernet Franc is a smoothly structured wine with delivering fresh fruit and earthy flavors.  It has a fruit-forward nose full of fresh boysenberries, violets, with complex spicy undertones.  On the palate, the wine is lively and full of bright berry and herbal flavors, leading to a long finish with smooth yet sufficiently grippy tannins.  This wine is versatile, pairing well with virtually anything that bistro you call a kitchen is whipping up, such as grilled steak, roasted chicken, or gratin with leeks and potatoes.



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