Enfield Wine Co., 2019 XB 03 Cuvée Lizzie Cabernet Franc


Producer


Vintage

2019

Region

United StatesCalifornia

Appellation

Sonoma Coast, Seaview

Cuvée

XB 03 Cuvée Lizzie

Varietal

Cabernet Franc

Vinification

Barrel Aged, Indigenous yeast fermented, Large format barrel aged, Organically Grown Grapes, Skin contact, Unfined & Unfiltered, Whole Cluster Fermented

Soil Type

Volcanic

Note

Limited Availability-please enquire

Notes from winemaker John Lockwood.
Vineyards: Waterhorse Ridge is planted on a rocky ridge just 5 miles away from
the Pacific Ocean. A cool, coastal climate, rocky volcanic soils and exposure to
full afternoon sun combine to fully ripen the fruit. The 2-acre vineyard is farmed
entirely by hand by Jesus Velasquez. It is dry farmed, no-till, and organic.
Winemaking: The grapes were fermented 100% whole cluster in a small open
top bin, and gently foot tread once a day during a cool native yeast fermentation.
The wine aged for 6 months in a neutral 500L puncheon, The wine was bottled
unfined and lightly filtered.
Notes: My sister’s favorite wine is a spicy, earthy Loire Valley Cab Franc. A few
years back we planted a small block of Cab Franc at Waterhorse Ridge, and in
2019 we got the first TINY crop off the vineyard. I decided to honor the first fruit
off the baby vines and make a wine dedicated to her.
The 2019 Cuveé Lizzie references the Loire Valley in all the right places. It was
fermented 100% whole cluster and spent minimal time in barrel to capture the
fresh earth tones. Bright fruit is balanced by an explosion of soft, savory, umami
goodness that begs for a picnic and a good cheese board.
deep cherry, white pepper, maitake mushrooms, freshly turned earth, pine
needles, medium weight lingering finish