Wyncroft 2016 'Marland' Cabernet Franc, Lake Michigan Shore
Item Number: 10957
Sub Region: Lake Michigan Shore
Appellation/AVA: Lake Michigan Shore
Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Franc
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Clay, loam, and sand
2016 Vintage Notes: Vintage 2016 was a very good vintage overall. A hot dry spell in June caused the vines to slow down, but the perfect weather in July through October produced excellent fruit with a good balance of fruitiness and acidity.
Vineyard Notes: The Cabernet Franc was sourced from two vineyards near north of South Haven, Michigan. About half the fruit came from the Gabrielow Vineyard in South Haven and the other half came from the La Esperanza vineyard in Glenn. Both vineyards are planted with Loire clones of Cabernet Franc giving this lovely wine a Chinon-like character. The soils of both are a mix of clay, loam, and a little sand. This combination seems to produce medium-bodied to full-bodied wines with considerable perfume and charm.
Winemaking Notes: The wine was vinified with a Brunello yeast, BM 4X4, to emphasize a deep fragrant, fruity nose and produce jammy fruit with low tannins allowing early maturity.
Tasting Notes: The wine has a dark garnet ruby color with a nose of fresh red berries, brown spices, and earth. The medium body is filled in with spicy red cherries, plums, and cranberries, making a most refreshing and delicious wine somewhat reminiscent of a young Chinon or Saumur-Champigny. The wine drinks well now, but will improve with a year or two of bottle age.
Food Pairing: This wine will taste great with Thanksgiving dinner. Cabernet Franc can handle sage and is perfect with dark turkey meat. This is a good wine for light pasta dishes with meat sauces and anything with which you would use a Chianti Classico or a lighter Bordeaux.
About the Name: Marland means "land near the lake" in Old English.