This wine is our homage to the delicious and thirst-quenching wines of the Fiefs Vendéens, an obscure region south of Muscadet that Abby and I bike toured through in 2012. We fell in love with the bright bistro wines served in carafes across the region. We soon learned that most were a marriage of two of our favorite grapes, cabernet franc and pinot noir. Five years and many small trial lots later, we are ready to release our interpretation.
The Cabernet Franc contributes structure and the savory bass notes while the Pinot brings the bright red berry fruit. This wine is extremely easy drinking and versatile. Pairs great with: chicken, pork, roasted veggies, pizza. Best enjoyed lightly chilled.
Composition: 60% El Dorado Cabernet Franc 40% Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Fermentation: Ambient yeasts, pumpover, and punchdown in open . top fermentors
Aging: 13 months in neutral French oak barrel and puncheon
Acid: 5.7 g/L
Soil Type: CF: Decomposed granite, PN: Alluvial gravel & clay loam
Age of Vines: CF: 27 years, PN: 19 years
Harvest Date: CF: Sept 8, PN: Sept 19
Bottling: May 2019
Production: 203 Cases, 11 Kegs
Additions: 10ppm Sulfite at racking