JAX Vineyards produces this distinctive Cabernet Franc, sourced solely from the family vineyard. Tasting through our complete Cabernet Franc lot after aging, we earmarked three outstanding barrels. To satiate our Cabernet Franc enthusiats, we crafted only 4 barrels of this lovely, drinkable yet age-worthy wine. We call this "Our Vineyard Gem."
Our grapes were handpicked, sorted and cold-soaked immediately. Following fermentation, this wine was aged for 21 months in 75% French oak. The Calistoga terroir shines through in the Cabernet Franc’s rich aromatics and long finish, all accompanied by the structured tannins and French oak accents.
The power of the vintage shows through, with intense aromatic notes of dark cherry, blueberry and plum. The true Cabernet Franc aromatics of cigar box, black pepper, forest floor and pencil lead minerality are under the fruit. The tannins are present but soft and in play well with the acidity, with lush red fruit lingering on the long finish. Beautiful and bright in its youth the wine would benefit from 7-8 years in the cellar.