Wine Notes: A lot of people don’t know Cab Franc, and take it for granted. For most it is just another blending grape, but once you get hooked – you’ll see the real inside! The 2015 I-Brand Cabernet Franc shows a gorgeous aroma that jump out of the glass on impact. The wine is medium to full in body with a silky smoothness as well as luscious feel. The wine is elegant with ripe forward fruit flavors, a slight undertone of sage, balanced with good acid (not overwhelming at all) and beautiful red-and black stone fruits. I highly recommend decanting this youngster for 60-90 minutes before serving. Only 4 barrels (94 cases) produced!
The Vineyard: Bates Ranch is located in the extreme southeastern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. I-Brand receives the fruit from half of a small block of Cabernet Franc planted in 1978. Soils in this section of vineyard are the red Franciscan series of volcanic influenced sedimentary rocks that runs along the eastern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. So almost 40 year old vines!