Appellation | Napa Valley
Varietal | 80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot
Production | 198 cases
The Cabernet Franc was handpicked and delivered to the winery. The grapes were de-stemmed and sorted, then pumped into tanks for a 5-day cold soak at 50 degrees. When the fermentation began, we pumped the tank over twice per day. The native yeast fermentation lasted for 14 days. The free run was drained from the tank overnight. The wine was barreled down into 65% new French oak; the balance was put into once-used French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in the barrel. The wine was aged for 24 months and bottled unfiltered.
"The 2013 Cabernet Franc Deerhound is another winner from winemaker Craig Becker. This blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot displays lots of spring floral notes (acacia flowers?), forest floor, black and red currants, sweet tannins and a full-bodied mouthfeel, but it seems light on its feet, a hallmark of Cabernet Franc. This beauty should drink well for a decade or more...This is an under-the-radar, high-quality producer that certainly deserves more attention." - 92 pt, Robert Parker, Wine Enthusiast #221