2010 THE SCRAPPER
This is a wine made for the open-minded, the adventurous and those who root for the underdog. It's Cabernet Franc from El Dorado California aged in used French Oak for 28 months; truly a Scrapper.
This wine is a special little wine from the El Dorado Foothills which we have been making for 12 vintages. The entire vineyard only produces about 500 cases a year but it’s worth it (because it’s so good). The origin of Cabernet Franc is simply the parent of the more popular “King of Grape Varietals” Cabernet Sauvignon which is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. This vineyard is 25 years old and is head-trained allowing more sunlight into the canopy and therefore a reduction in Pyrazines which are responsible for green and vegetal aromas and flavors.
We depict this brand with our version of a Scrapper
The color of this wine demonstrates its concentration with a deep plum black cherry hue. The wine is very extracted due to low yielding (2 tons per acre) yields which express amazing varietal concentration. The aromas show ripe black cherry and cassis notes and lead to a silky entry on the palate which is very supple with a sweet core of fruit followed by structured tannins, black pepper, leather and grippy plum and ripe cherry flavors. The wine finishes with the overall strength we expect from Cabernet Sauvignon with the rare dignity few Scrappers (Cab Francs) possess. Try it with grilled Pork Chops, seasoned lamb on the spit or grilled bone-in Rib Eye steaks with soft polenta and roasted brussel sprouts. It’s fantastic with chocolate (anything) and will stand up to a Flourless Chocolate cake.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 1, 2009
"Cabernet Franc is the best Bordeaux variety grown in the Sierra Foothills, and this is a pretty good one. It’s dry and classically structured, with rich flavors of cherries, herbs and oak, and a briary character of wild mountain berries." - S.H.
Wine & Spirits, September 2006
2006 San Francisco International Wine Competition