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The grapes used to make the St. Francis Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon come primarily from our vineyard situated high in the Mayacamas mountain range between Sonoma and Napa County. It provides the wines backbone and classic Cabernet personality. The older, low-yielding vines produce intensely concentrated grapes of particular depth of color and tannin which typically ripen by mid-October.
The fruit is hand-harvested and crushed into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Fermentation takes place over a period of eight to fifteen days. The wine is then pressed into stainless steel tanks where malolactic fermentation is completed over the next six weeks. The different lots are racked into new and one year old French and American oak barrels for an aging period of 24 months. The blend is then assembled without fining or filtration, bottled and held for eight months prior to release.
St. Francis Vineyards & Winery, located in the heart of Sonoma County, produces big, bold, full-bodied wines that over deliver on flavor. Each wine is made from 100% hand-picked, Sonoma County fruit and are direct expressions of winemaker Tom Mackey, whose philosophy calls for "maximum extraction, minimal interaction."
St. Francis achieves critical acclaim from the wine media who refers to it as The House of Big Reds. Among its many accolades, St. Francis was recently named International Red Wine Maker of The Year by the London International Wine Challenge.
Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...Read More About Sonoma County
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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