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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Pearson Cabernet Franc 2002
Pearson Cabernet Franc 2002
(search item no. 86212)

PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $29.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes all come from Pearson's five-acre vineyard in the center of the Clare Valley. The easterly facing vineyards surrounded by hills are grown on deep well drained soils eliminating the need for irrigation. Fruit for this wine was harvested from Pearson's older vines which are 60 years plus.

This medium bodied Cabernet Franc is deep red with aromas of raspberries and cedar. It is slightly herbaceous, with blackberry flavors and fine tannins. Enjoy with spaghetti bolognese or chili con carne. This wine is ready to drink now, but could age for another 5-8 years.

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About Pearson Vineyards:

Jim Pearson, the owner, manager, viticulturist and winemaker of Pearson Vineyards, is considered by many to be the "Garagiste" of the Clare Valley. And when he's not busy growing grapes and making wine, he runs the tasting room and sells wine at the cellar door. Jim makes the wine in a little shed next to his house. The facilities may not be impressive, but the wines certainly are. Pearson Vineyards currently offers two very special reds, a Cabernet Franc and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Both are full, rich flavorful wines that offer a great deal of complexity without a lot of oak.

Jim Pearson started his winery in 1993 with the goal of making very small batches of very good wines. His goal hasn't changed since then. Typically, Pearson Vineyards produces only 1,000 to 1,400 cases of wine per year. Jim begins with grapes that he grows himself — 100 percent come from his five-acre vineyard. The vines are dry grown, hand pruned and hand picked. After harvest, Jim uses a simple, old-fashioned, screw-driven basket press. This produces a lower extraction level than with power-driven presses. As a result, Pearson wines tend to have rich, velvety, intense flavors without sour or bitter tannic notes.