2014 AS IF "Persistence"
Notes of elderberry, cassis, pomegranate, black cherry, dried fig, mocha toast, black pepper, cedar, and violet are framed in firm tannins and a warm medium-bodied palate that is keen for food. Pair with roasted meats or duck confit, rustic Northern Italian cuisine including homemade pasta, or with creamy desserts like panna cotta.
The Cabernet Franc was fermented in an egg-shaped tank, to promote complete and gentle extraction of color and tannin. The Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon were fermented in open bins; all three components were punched down by hand three times daily. Malolactic fermentation occurred in the barrel, after which each component was racked and matured separately in French oak barrels for 8 months. At that time, the wine was racked, blended, and returned to a mixture of second and third-year barrels for another 12 months. The wine was then bottled under a screwcap in October 2016.
60% Cabernet Franc, 25% Petit Verdot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.