2012 Central Park West Vineyard, Cabernet Franc
October 9, 2012
The grapes for the 2012 Cabernet Franc come from a choice 3-acre block of our Central Park West Vineyard. This vineyard, named in a nostalgic nod to the New York City origins of the Trinchero family, is located at the southern end of the St. Helena appellation. This vineyard is a level site with deep, loamy soils and good sun exposure—the ideal situation for producing classic Napa Valley Bordeaux varietals.
The 2012 growing season began with an early budbreak and mild weather in the spring made for a heavy berry set. We had beautiful, consistent warm days throughout the growing season coupled with cool nights and foggy mornings ensuring good, slow ripeness. The phenolic maturity was in unison with sugar ripening. The warm fall with very little rain made for a harvest without incident. The resulting wines have beautiful balance and depth.
“Cabernet Franc is most often used in blends, but it’s intriguing to me to bottle some Cabernet Franc on its own. This wine has incredible finesse and layers of complexity, with aromas of sweet cherries, pomegranate, sarsaparilla, anise and rhubarb crumble. It boasts briary red fruit and black cherry flavors and, thanks to its valley floor origins, with rich soil and good sun exposure, the tannins are silky smooth and lead into a lingering, savory finish.” — Mario Monticelli