1997 Reininger Cabernet Franc

1997 Reininger Cabernet Franc
Walla Walla Valley

Technical Information

Vineyards
Whitney Vineyard
Seven Hills Vineyard
Pepper Bridge
Bordeaux Blend
93% Cabernet Franc
4% Merlot
3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvested
October 2
Brix 24.2 B°
Fermentation
Five days on skins in open fermenters and basket pressed directly to barrels before dry
Aging
23 months in 50% French oak (Allier, Nevers), 50% American Oak
Bottled September 1999
pH 3.63
Total acidity 0.54g/100ml
Cases Produced 70

Tasting Notes
Wow, what a Franc with incredible fruit entwined with wonderful earth tones. Cherry, fig and rhubarb explode on the palate followed with finely integrated wood spices including cedar and vanillin. This intriguing, complex franc has much to explore. It waves goodbye with ripe strawberry, caramel and toast.

Awards
Silver Medal, Northwest Wine Summit 2000 –
Best Cabernet Franc of show