2019 Division Cabernet Franc "Granit"
Applegate Valley AVA
We love the Mae’s Vineyard (part of the Quady North Vineyards) in the Applegate Valley AVA in southern Oregon, and have worked with the grapes as the sole component of our Loire clones, dominated by a base of Cabernet Franc.
We’ve had the same block of the Mae’s Chinon clone (from the Loire Valley) Cabernet Franc since 2013 and believe it to be the best block of Cabernet Franc in the state of Oregon (that’s saying something!). Grower/Owner, Herb Quady is one the best growers in the region who is doing all the right things with the fantastic Oregon pink granite bedrock based soils.
The Quady site, which is farmed organically (certification in process) is relatively high in the hills above the Applegate river, and is generally warmer than the Willamette Valley. However, at high elevation, the Quady site is cooler and wetter than the Rogue Valley AVA at lower elevation and to the east. His Mae’s Vineyard block slopes southeast into the Applegate Valley in one of the prettiest spots we’ve seen in the state. Loamy/clay and marine sediment overlay a large broken granite slab (yes granite!), which makes this a truly distinctive site to work with.
As has become our modus operandi for fermentations, we utilized the pied de cuve (native yeast build ups) technique to harness as much of the native yeast flora from the site to best express the sense of place each of these wines came from.
Aged for 12 months in French Burgundy & Bordeaux barrels
Alc - 12.9%, pH 3.81, 100 cases