Varietals were sourced from the Santa Margarita Ranch area.
From the historical Santa Margarita Ranch Area, home to five different types of soils to produce diversity in flavor: granite, shale, volcanic, sedimentary and ancient sea beds. Always late, 2012 Cab Franc kept me around the winery until mid-December!
All native yeast, risky but well worth it! A two-week maceration released some beautiful tannins, then we barreled the finished product in brand new Cicery barrels. Aged for 24 month, no filtration or fining.
Probably one of the biggest Cab Francs you’ll try in your life, it’s the biggest I’ve made anyway! It looks like a Petite Sirah or a big Napa Cab, but by smelling it you’ll notice a much more subtle bouquet: jasmine, violet you name it. Your first sip will bring out a lot of red fruit, blackberries, and plum, your second sip will produce mocha and coffee bean flavors, and your third will produce firm, lingering tannins in the back.
100/100 Cabernet Franc
Our fathomless unfiltered Bordeaux-style blend was long aged, barrel fermented and hand racked for thirty-six months in French oak barrels. It is luscious, sleek and complex with floral red currant and spice box aromas that lead to layered, concentrated flavors of black cherry, mocha, white pepper, sweet cinnamon and oak that jump from the glass. Velvety-soft, round tannins linger on the mid palate, producing a rich, elegant, dry finish. Enjoy now or be rewarded if allowed to cellar for 3 years or more.
2011 Ascendance is beautiful alone and compliments medium to sharp cheddar cheeses, roasted game hens, duck, pork, grilled steaks, prime rib, filet mignon, lamb and good friends. Fill your glass with beauty and lift your spirits.