2017 Cabernet Franc E.J. Church
Bear Canyon Vineyard
Abundant rainfall and a mild spring resulted in an extended flowering period and vigorous vines. Warming temperatures in August resulted in harvest beginning early for white varietals, but cool weather followed, allowing sugar levels to balance and extend the season allowing for a beautiful crop.
Food Pairing Notes
Grilled Grass-fed Ribeye and Oven-Roasted Baby Carrots with Tarragon, drizzled with LMR Napa Valley Select Olive Oil.
At just a third of an acre, the Cabernet Franc block is the jewel in the crown that is our Bear Canyon vineyard. True to its varietal, the nose opens with a subtle cooling mint freshness that is supported by ample cherries, cranberries and currants. On the palate, the mountain fruit acidity is woven with gentle oak and long smooth tannins for an elegant lasting finish. - Justin Carr