2012 Paul Mathew Cabernet Franc

Winemaking Philosophy

We are committed to low input winemaking utilizing uninoculated primary fermentation and malolactic fermentation. Low input winemakeing also includes gravity flow movements of wine, minimal acid adjustments, minimal SO2 additions, racking only once in barrel, no fining and no filtering when possible. This process is much slower and more time consuming but produces wine lush on the palate with seamless flavors.

Vineyards

This 5 acre block vineyard was planted in 1991. Owned by Bill & Betsy Nachbauer of Acorn Winery just south of Healdsburg in Russian River AVA. Gently south-sloping alluvial Haire clay loam with various rootstock. Alegría vineyards’ name, is a Spanish word that means joy and happiness. Chosen to honor California’s heritage and the workers who tirelessly tend the vineyards.

Winemaking

The grapes were picked October 11, 2013. The wine was fermented by native yeast in a closed top tank pumped over twice a day. After a 15 day fermentation the wine was racked off the lees and allowed to go through native Malolactic fermentation. It was cold settled for 6 weeks and bottled unfiltered.

Winemaker's Notes

The nose is showing bright cherry and rose pedal. A soft fruit driven wine with cherry and spice on the palate, with a lean structure with lingering cherry.