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2018 Halcyon California Cab Franc

2018 Halcyon California Cab Franc

Region: El Dorado + Contra Costa County < CA

Grape: Cabernet Franc

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming, in certification process;
own-rooted vines on volcanic + sandy soils; foot stomped with 25% left
whole cluster; aged for 10 months in neutral oak; bottled unfined,
unfiltered with minimal added So2; 12.8% ABV; 515 cases

Winemakers: Tyler + Kim Elwell

Santa Barbara-bred Tyler and Napa Valley-native Kim are the young
couple behind Halcyon wines.  Tyler's an industry veteran, having
climbed his way up the cellar ladder (and the California coast), as a
cellar rat in Santa Barbara to Assistant Winemaker at Paso Robles’
Tablas Creek, while still holding down a day job at Jackson Family
Wines as a brand manager. But when they launched Halcyon Wines in
2014, they decided to focus on one grape, and one grape only: Cabernet
Franc.  It wasn’t just the wines of France’s Loire Valley that
influenced their devotion to the grape but Tyler’s early discovery of
what it did when grown in California's cooler climate regions.

This wine (with the most adorable label) is a nouveau take on the
classic Loire Valley grape, with fruit coming two vineyards, one the
volcanic soil-laced, high-altitude Camino Alto vineyard in El Dorado
County, meticulously farmed by the Mansfield family, and the other,
the Campos family vineyard (with very sandy soils) in Contra Costa
County -- thus the “California” appellation.  The first whiff is
unmistakably Cab Franc, with those big green notes (pepperoncini, and
jalapeño, big time), then the prettier side (rose petal).  As for
taste, think Cab Franc meets young, juicy Pinot Noir.  The palate is
light and refreshing with lush, almost candied, cherry and strawberry
fruit.  With the silky texture, neon red fruit and green edge, it's
kind of like cherry-jalapeño Kool-Aid.  Definitely serve chilled, pool
optional but recommended.
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