Cabernet Franc, Plumb Ridge Vineyard | Fountain Grove AVA, Sonoma

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Cabernet Franc is the herbaceous cousin of Cabernet Sauvignon.  A past customer review described Plum Ridge Cab Franc as “Rich, intense and elegantly styled. Starts with floral characteristics that segue into aromas of varietal fruit and smoky pencil shavings. The palate has ripe depth with dark fruit flavor, well-integrated oak, and soft tannins. The long and flavorful finish provides a burst of black cherry fruit and subtle oak complexities”.

To order grapes, click “choose an option” and select a product size (pail, drum, etc.)  Next, enter a quantity and click the “Add to Cart” button.  See the description section below for additional information.

 

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Cabernet Franc, Plum Ridge - CA

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Description

Frozen Black Grapes  Are sold as destemmed grapes. Yields are estimates and vary depending on the vintage, varietal and the winemaker’s pressing and racking style. All grapes listed under current inventory are frozen.

  • Pails contain 5 gallons of grapes, yielding approximately 2.5 – 3.5 gallons of finished wine.
  • Drums contain 425 pounds of grapes, yielding approximately 30 gallons of finished wine.
  • Delivery:
    • Pails can be shipped via FedEx, LTL or picked up at the freezer. We cannot FedEx drums.
    • FedEx Shipping – Orders from CA and OR ship at the same rate. If shipping to the Midwest or East Coast, select pails from PA for the best rate.

2019 Harvest Pre-order will launch in July. Pre-order is required on all fresh grape sales and recommended for frozen grapes to guarantee availability. For orders of a ton or more, please contact us now.

Fresh Black Grapes are sold by the pound as whole bunches with stems at harvest, (Typically September through October). Fresh Grapes cannot be shipped.

  • The minimum order for fresh grapes is 100 pounds. Special pricing is available for bulk orders over 2,000 pounds.
  • Fresh grapes are sold net, without containers and must be picked up at the processing site at harvest.
    • California grapes are processed in Petaluma, CA.
    • Oregon and Washington grapes are processed in Underwood WA, (1 hr. east of Portland, OR).
  • Destemming – Please request when you place your order. The destemming cost is 10 cents per pound. Stem weight is calculated at 6%. For example, 100 pounds of fresh grapes will yield 94 pounds of destemmed grapes.

Winemaking Thoughts

Cabernet Franc is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. It is equal to Cabernet Sauvignon  in this cool ridgetop environment. With age, spice and oak, it drinks beautifully as a single varietal wine.

As a blender, it fits well with Merlot.

If making a varietal wine, consider using 10% to 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a splash of Merlot to produce a memorable Cabernet Frank. After 6 years you will experience a Bordeaux style wine of impressive stature.

Vineyard

1986 was the beginning of Plum Ridge Vineyard. It was conceived and planned to produce Bordeaux varietals of exceptional quality. The land is almost all hillside and ranges in elevation from 1300 to 1800 feet. The vineyard is on a crest overlooking the Valley of the Moon and the diminishing northerly slope of Sonoma Mountain East of the town of Santa Rosa.

 Almost 80 acres of hillsides and hilltops comprise the setting for six distinct vineyard plots of eight varietals. This is a stunning vineyard with the potential for exceptional wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is the core grape occupying three distinct plots.
Brehm Vineyards began exploring this vineyard in 2011 during a very cool, wet season. We were impressed with the quality of fruit and the resulting wine. The high elevation offers coolness during the day, and warm nights. Air movement allows good conditions within the canopy. 2011 grapes had good sugar, were clean with balanced acids, right on varietal character while many of the valley grapes suffered.
These are cool climate grapes, they come in late, and that is what Peter likes. Without implying any inferiority of any vineyard aspect, we are enjoying the benefits of ridge top, hillside aspects. While the valleys get warmer in the day and cooler in the evening than the hilltops do. The hilltops stay cooler in the heat of the day and warmer at night. Late maturing varietals can benefit with the warmer evening temperatures, in the fall especially.