2013 Cabernet Franc

Appellation: Clements Hills, Lodi

Vineyard: Bokides Ranch –The Vineyard lies within the Clement Hills AVA which is located within the SE corner of the Lodi appellation. Clements Hills is characterized by rolling hills that emerge out of the San Juaquin Valley to form the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Clements Hills is distinguished by having different soils (loam and clay on top of granite and volcanic) with less vigor and is generally warmer with cooler nights and more rainfall than the West side of Lodi. The vines are approximately 15 years old and trellised. Bokides Vineyards subscribes to the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing.

Vintage: 2013 was another excellent growing year in Lodi & Clement Hills. In general conditions were almost ideal. While spring conditions were warm, summer saw relatively moderate temperatures creating conditions for great quality wines. 2013 was another abundant year for Lodi vineyards with fairly large yields across most varieties.

Composition: 100% Cabernet Franc

Vinification: Grapes were hand sorted, de-stemmed and transferred to 1 ton open bins where it cold-soaked for about 48 hours before it underwent primary fermentation. The must was punched down by hand 2-3 times a day. The wine was aged, with minimal racking, in a mixture of mostly neutral French and American oak barrels for about 18 months.

Tasting Notes: Medium garnet color, this wine exhibits aromas of violets, dark cherries and raspberries along with hints of dried herbs and a bit of licorice and graphite. On the palate it is medium bodied with flavors of black raspberries, dark cherries and currants. Moderate tannins and good acidity balance this wine. Try with cheeses such as aged gouda, goat cheese or gorgonzola or with herb roasted chicken or even a mole based dish.