Etxea 2017 Pickberry Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Sonoma Mountain (Sustainable with Organic and Natural Practices)
This Cabernet Franc is sourced from the rolling Northern hills of Sonoma Mountain. At 700 ft. elevation, the hillside location helps protect from spring frosts and allows for cool, foggy nights. The vineyard’s unique split trellising helps spread out the crop and maintain small clusters.
The Cabernet Franc grapes were hand-harvested on October 2, 2017, de-stemmed, and fermented on the skins for 23 days with native yeast. The wine was then gently pressed and racked into neutral oak barrels to age for nearly two years. This Cabernet Franc has notes of rhubarb, fig, and wild berries. A classic bistro wine with a lingering finish!
95 points, Wine Enthusiast: This is a new partnership between neighbors Luisa Bonachea, a trademark lawyer, and winemaker Ryan Pass, whose day job is with Farella Vineyard (formerly known as Failla). Named for the Basque word for house, this red is incredibly impressive – a light take on a classic variety from a classic mountain site. Herbal, earthy, and floral, it sings on the palate in crisp red fruit, vibrantly fresh texture, and lasting elegance.