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240 Days Cabernet Franc

100% Finger Lakes, New York

“The Cabernet Franc is a powerhouse red from this region displaying elegance and finesse with underlying backbone of velvety tannin structure”

Refreshing | Velvet | Aromas of Blackberry & Clove

Our inaugural 2015 variety is an elegant and refined example of what a Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc can do. The highly perfumed nose shows aromas of blackberry, clove, and dry herb.  The palate is refreshing with soft tannins on the long finish. 

Vintage

After a long, rough winter, the vines emerged in early May.  Fortunately the frost season was mild and the vineyards of the Finger Lakes were largely spared.

June was one of the wettest on record with 7” of rain falling throughout the month, which slightly hindered fruit set; however, once July came the weather was dry and warm through the early part of fall with only small showers.  The fall had the usual pressures of rain; however, our fruit remained clean and healthy for our harvest.    

Where To Buy
A bottle of 240 Days Cabernet Franc

Vineyards

The 240 Days Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc is from two select vineyards; the Doyle Guesthouse Vineyard on the west side of Keuka Lake and the Caywood Vineyard on the east side of Seneca Lake. Both are mixed clone plantings mainly of 332 and 327.

Varietal Composition

100% Cabernet Franc 

Wine Analyses

Total acid: 6.94 g/L 

Final pH: 3.52 

Residual sugar: 1.13 g/L 

Alcohol: 12.0% by volume

Accolades

2015 - Wine Enthusiast: 87 points, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Silver Medal for the 240 Days 2015 Cabernet Franc

What makes 240 Days Cabernet Franc unique?

The Cabernet Franc was harvested both on October 1, 2015 and October 9, 2015. After a 6 day cold soak the fermentation was started using FX10 yeast. After fermentation, skin contact continued for another two and a half weeks to fully round the palate and refine the tannins.

  • Barreled down into a mix of 1/3 new, 1/3 once used, and 1/3 neutral French oak for malolactic fermentation
  • Remained in barrels for 14 months prior to bottling
  • No fining was used during the production of this wine
Hand Harvested
October 2015
French Oak
14 Months in Barrel
Vineyard Select
Fruit from Keuka and Seneca Lake

Reviews

There's a mild intensity of cherry and berry aromas on the nose that blend with sweet spice and cedar oil. The medium-bodied palate shows a decent grip of tannins, bolstered by dark cherry, bubble gum spice and specks of pepper. An easy drinking, everyday quaff.

Alexander Peartree, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 2017