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Sol Rouge 2013 Cabernet Franc

Sol Rouge Vineyard and Winery

2013 Cabernet Franc
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Red Hills, Lake County, CA


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Sol Rouge Vineyard and Winery 2013 Cabernet Franc, Red Hills, Lake County, CA

An alluring deep ruby in color, Sol Rouge’s Cabernet Franc shows off a depth of rich aromatics – dark red and black cherry, cranberry, plum and black currant intermingling with notes of clove, damp earth, subtle smoked wood and hints of red licorice. On the palate, you’ll find structured tannins and an integrated, palate-cleansing acidity that smooth and soften as the wine continues to open, enhancing the lush, spicy dark fruit and cranberry notes throughout its lingering, simply enjoyable finish. A harmonious wine with the ability to age gracefully over the next 10+ years, the 2013 may be Sol Rouge’s most classic Bordeaux-style Cabernet Franc yet to date. Don’t miss this!

Notes by Carrie Schuster of Cellar Angels
  • Grapes
    100% Cabernet Franc
  • Region
    Red Hills, Lake County, CA
  • Production
    200 cases
  • Alcohol
  • Ageability
    Will cellar gracefully over the next 12-15 years

Bryan Kane

About the Winemaker:
At the helm of this inspiring and innovative winery is Bryan Kane, Co-Owner and Winemaker.
About the Vineyard:
Sol Rouge is a 70 acre family estate located in the Mayacamas Mountains at elevations averaging over 1800 feet. North of Napa in the foothills of a dormant volcano which formed the North Coast wine country in the Red Hills Appellation of Lake County, this land contains rich, red volcanic soil and, from this unique profile, Sol Rouge derived its name – translating to “Red Soil” in French. Grapes are planted in a “high vine density” configuration allowing each vine to focus on fewer clusters of fruit, leading to greater complexity. Nestled between Mt. Konocti and Benson Ridge, this aggressive sight is all hillside with slopes up to 60% and is said to be the most aggressive and tightly planted vineyard in the Red Hills, with nearly 6000 vines per hectare in some blocks.
Additional Winemaker Notes:
100% French oak barrels, 12.5% new; Aged 30 months in barrel
Food Pairing Suggestions:
Cabernet Franc is a wine to pair with beef steak, pork roast, smoked ham, grilled lamb and salmon. The earthiness of Portobello mushrooms brings out the subtleties in Cabernet Franc. Cheese pairings are similar to that of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot - aged hard cheeses.
About the Winery
Sol Rouge Vineyard and Winery Hidden away in the foothills of a dormant volcano in Lake County, just north of Napa Valley, Sol Rouge Vineyard and Winery is crafting under-the-radar, award winning wines. Sol Rouge gets its name from the red soils that blanket the region and contribute to the unique quality of the wines. Residing in the Red Hills AVA (American Viticultural Area) Sol Rouge sits at elevations over 1800 feet, allowing the vines to bask in the sun above the fog line. Learn more