2011 Arcturos Cabernet Franc

This Cabernet Franc is the result of a longer growing season and premium fruit from two of our best vineyard sites. It is also a great example of how this varietal can excel in a cool climate region.

Appellation: 50% Grand Traverse County and 50% Leelanau County
Blend:100% Cabernet Franc
Bottling:12/28/12, 516 cases, 12% alcohol, 0% residual sugar

Flavor and Aroma:
Dark skinned fruit aromas dominate the nose and are followed by flavors of blackberries, plums and oak in the finish.

Aging Potential:
With proper cellaring this wine will still be delicious in five plus years.

Thoughts for Food:
Enjoy this hearty red with meat or veggie lasagna, Beef Bourguignon, lamb kabobs and strong cheeses.

Wine Maker Comments:
This has been one our most prominent red varieties for almost 15 years now, and the grape never ceases to delight me. When we first started bottling it, back in 1998, the variety had very little following, and most people had never heard of it. Now the variety has become a bit of a fad and you are seeing the proud proclamation of it on wine labels from Bourgueil to California to Zurich. The truth of the matter is that this variety shines best with an extended growing season and in a cooler climate, basically what Michigan is all about! This latest bottling will not disappoint the fans of this variety, and will only get more complex and interesting in the next 3 to 5 years.

Silver: 2013 Finger Lakes Wine Competition

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