City Winery Au Naturel Cabernet Franc 2019

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Tasting Notes
Earthy, Herbal, Robust Tanins

Wine Profile

Dark and brooding, this wine has earthy aromas of forest floor and baking chocolate. On the palate the chocolate becomes more pronounced and is joined by black currant and elderberry. As the wine opens up, notes of baking spice appear and develop into deep herbal/woody character and a savory finish. Decant assertively.

About The Vineyard

Alder Springs is located in the cool Mendocino Valley above Sonoma in Northern California. The vineyard is a series of rolling hills and steep inclines at high altitude touching the eastern edge of the Coastal Range.

Winemaking Process

All of our Au Naturel wines are made with an eye toward using minimal intervention and the most natural winemaking techniques possible. For this Cab Franc, we utilize an extended maceration, with a total of 30 days on skins with a mix of pump-overs and punch downs by hand. For this wine, the press fraction and free run were combined and aged in barrels for 12 months. After full malo-lactic fermentation, the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.

Recommended Pairings

This is a wine could hold up to a robust cigar or aged hard cheese. Strongly flavored dishes, such as game meats (venison, rabbit stew) will fare best.


"Dark and brooding"

Michael, Head Winemaker

Variety Cabernet Franc
Alcohol 14.3%
Vintage 2019
Volume 750 ML
Vineyard Alder Springs Vineyard
Case Production 98
AVA Mendocino, CA
Aging Capacity 3-5 years

How City Winery Makes Wine

Step 1
Grapes
We contract carefully selected vineyards to supply grapes. Prior to harvest we choose our preferred varietals and make shipping arrangements.
Step 2
Crush and Maceration
Grapes are inspected upon arrival and if approved, de stemmed, sorted, and finally crushed.
Step 3
Aging
After fermentation the wine is barreled into the cellar to begin aging per the winemakers design. Typical aging is 6-10 months but options exist for aging up to 24 months.
Step 4
Blending
After the wine has aged to its optimal condition, our winemakers further refine the wine by blending it with other wines if desired.
Step 6
Labeling
The finished wine is hand bottled, corked, and labeled.
Step 6
The Result
A carefully crafted wine made with grapes from the best vineyards and produced locally. Indulge.

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