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2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Franc Oakville Napa Valley

2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Franc Oakville Napa Valley
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Cabernet Franc shows off its mouth-watering acidity here with juicy dark fruits highlighted by a hint of violet floral and toasty, savory complexity. Not as tightly structured as cabernet sauvignon, yet with firm, silky tannins, this is an ideal food pairing wine. 80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard Notes
2015 started warmer and drier than usual, without a drop of rain in January. The dry conditions continued well into April with some early irrigation in the vineyards. A cooler May reduced fruit set and provided the first signs of a lighter crop for the vintage. The harvest brought in fruit at optimal flavor maturity before a series of heat waves hit the valley. Overall, the 2015 harvest is one of the earliest on record. The grapes for our Oakville Cabernet Franc were picked between September 10th and September 24th.
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were hand-harvested into small bins and carefully sorted in our gravity-flow cellar. The clusters were gently destemmed directly into traditional French oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration – a total of 32 days of wine to skin contact – maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins fleshy and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into French-oak barrels (100% new) for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over the 20 months of barrel aging. The wine was bottled in August of 2017.
93 Points

Ripe red plums, red licorice and tar undertones. Full-bodied and very structured with vibrant acidity, which covers layers of red fruit and mineral undertones. Finishes chewy. This should be better in 2022.

James Suckling - JamesSuckling.com, May 23, 2018
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Cabernet Franc
Appellation
Napa Valley
Acid
6.5 g/L
pH
3.77
Residual Sugar
0.53 g/L
Alcohol %
14.5
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