Winemakers are constantly paying attention to the weather because each year brings different challenges that alter the flavor and structure of the wine. Here are Paul Hobbs' vineyard notes of the Brave and Maiden Estate for this vintage. "2017 saw significant rain in January & February, much needed after five years of drought. Spring fluctuated between cool & warm periods with very few frost events. Spring also brought the usual cooler winds during bloom time, which made for uneven set. The summer moved back and forth between warm & hot, but the temperatures usually cooled in the evening to allow the grapes to retain acidity. An intense heatwave over Labor Day weekend pushed the sugar in the vines, but with a mild September, the plants were able to rebalance. With the mild September, harvest was extended well into October with a gradual maturation of the fruit making it easier on both harvesting crews and winemakers."
Varietal - 100% Cabernet Franc
Appellation - Los Olivos District
Alcohol - 14.5%
Case Production - 115
Vinification and Elevage - De-stemmed and hand-sorted to 1.5 ton fermenters, fermented for 14-21 days. Barreled down to 100% French oak, approximately 10% new and aged for 18 months
Tasting Notes - The bouquet boasts a classic cabernet franc nose of savory spice, black currant, and cocoa powder. The supple palate is chocolatey, with preserved raspberry and cranberry, leading to a long spicy finish.